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by Ruby Lane

10 Famous Paintings that are Actually Kind of SCARY

Art history is fascinating. It gives us an idea of what the past was like – or how artists of the time wanted it to be. Art history can also be, well, TERRIFYING! Here are some famous paintings that are important works but also pretty scary.

Happy Halloween from the art department!

Vincent van Gogh, “Head of a skeleton with a burning cigarette,” 1886 
Photo via  Wikimedia Commons

Vincent van Gogh, “Head of a skeleton with a burning cigarette,” 1886
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Henry Fuseli, “The Nightmare,” 1781 Photo via  Wikimedia Commons

Henry Fuseli, “The Nightmare,” 1781 Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Study after Velazquez´s Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Study after Velazquez´s Portrait of Pope Innocent X

Francisco Goya, “Saturn Devouring His Son,” 1819-1823 Photo Via  Wikimedia Commons

Francisco Goya, “Saturn Devouring His Son,” 1819-1823 Photo Via Wikimedia Commons

Théodore Géricault, “Anatomical Pieces,” 1819 Photo via  Wikimedia Commons

Théodore Géricault, “Anatomical Pieces,” 1819 Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Caravaggio, “David with the head of Goliath,” 1606-1607 Photo via  Wikimedia Commons

Caravaggio, “David with the head of Goliath,” 1606-1607 Photo via Wikimedia Commons

William Blake, “The Ghost of a Flea,” 1819-1820  Photo via  Wikimedia Commons

William Blake, “The Ghost of a Flea,” 1819-1820 Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Hans Memling, “Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation,” detail, circa 1485 Photo via  Wikimedia Commons

Hans Memling, “Triptych of Earthly Vanity and Divine Salvation,” detail, circa 1485 Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Dante and Virgil in Hell - William-Adolphe Bouguereau Photo via Wikipedia Commons

Dante and Virgil in Hell – William-Adolphe Bouguereau Photo via Wikipedia Commons

The Scream is a series of expressionist paintings and prints by Norwegian artist Edward Munch. Photo via Wikipedia Commons

The Scream is a series of expressionist paintings and prints by Norwegian artist Edward Munch. Photo via Wikipedia Commons

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