It’s probably the first thing that comes to our minds when we think of the word “art”. There are many types of painting, and probably one of the most famous techniques used is oil canvas which uses oil to enhance the color. In fact, some of the most famous paintings in history like as “Mona Lisa” by Leonardo Da Vinci and “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt were made in such way. And, because oil painting is an art, we know that it is going to be creative and innovative; sometimes even creepy which makes them famous paintings.
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Here are 7 of what is considered the Creepiest oil paintings:
1. Untitled Painting – Zdzisław Beksiński
This is one of the saddest photos on the list and is probably inspired by a real life tragedy. This oil painting was made on 1984 and displays a couple of skeletal humans hugging together in a fiery place. Looking at the picture will make anyone feel either emotional, disturbed, or frightened. The painting is believed to be in connection with another oil painting of Beksiński which shows the same place in a different setting.
2. “The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun” – William Blake
This creative oil painting of William Blake was made between 1805 and 1810. This is part of a series of painting with the same dragon on different places. It exhibits a strange looking creature with wings, tail, and an unidentifiable head. It also shows a woman under the creature. The picture is scary for a whole lot of different reasons. It represents the dragon describes in the Bible’s Book of Revelation, it has a terrifying appearance, and it actually inspired the creation of a character in the novel “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris and a movie with the same name.
3. “Dante and Virgil in Hell” – William-Adolphe Bouguereau
This painting is quite spooky in its name alone. It was made by William-Adolphe Bouguereau on 1850 and it shows a naked man biting another naked man, with more men, a demon, a dead person, and a hellish scene on the background. There are also many hidden small details in the illustration, with the creepiest being the blood dripping from the side of the bitten man.
4. “The Garden of Earthly Delights” – Hieronymus Bosch
This work of art is a triptych (which is a painting divided into three sections to show three or six different images). The interior of the triptych features a peaceful paradise on the left side, the same paradise conquered by overpopulation on the center, and a dark place of destruction with so many sufferings and horrors happening. The Garden of Earthly Delights of Hieronymus Bosch was made on 1480-1505 and is interpreted as a representation of biblical events. The left side was said to be the Garden of Eden and the Creation of man, the center represents the world after the sinning of Adam and Eve, and the right side is believed to be about Hell.
5. “Saturn Devouring His Son” – Francisco Goya
Probably one of the most emotionally destructive and famous paintings in the list, it shows a father eating up his young child. Giving us additional creep is the dark background, the terrifying face of the father, and the fact that some of the child’s body parts have already been eaten. This was painted by Francisco Goya on 1819–1823. The illustration was believed to have been inspired by the story of Saturn or Titan in Greco-Roman mythology who ate his own children in fear of being dethroned by them.
6. “Deterioration of Mind Over Matter” – Otto Rapp
This painting features a gruesome head-looking cage that has open flesh on focus and a very creepy background. The underground dungeon look, people staring on the head, on the setting and the whole decomposing skull appearance adds to the horror factor of the painting. The artwork was made by Austrian artist Otto Rapp in 1973. There is no direct description about the painting but it probably tells us the destruction of “mind over matter” or an individual’s control on material things.
7. “Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation” – Hans Memling
Another triptych on the list, this Famous painting by Hans Memling depicts contrasting images of morality, grandeur, and beauty. The artwork was made around 1485 . The central images feature beauty and morality, while the photos of the side highlight the opposite. They are represented by a skull, skinny person with gut tearing up, hellish creature, and vanity, which are all very disturbing to look at.
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