14th Century
Giotto Last Judgement Gruesome detail from a fresco at Capella Scrovegni in Padua, commissioned by a foolish banker to secure his place in heaven.
15th Century
Carlo Crivelli St. Sebastian Sebastian, perforated like a pincushion, is the patron saint of pinmakers. While he is normally depicted in this manner, Sebastian actually survived these wounds only to be later clubbed to death and thrown into a sewer.
Martin Schongauer St Anthony Tormented by the Demons Engraving, c. 1480
Albrecht Durer The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse This incredible series of woodcuts in 1498 made Durer's career
Domenico Ghirlandaio Portrait of an Old man with a Child An old man with a cauliflower nose, an amazing painting for the time
Luca Signorelli Apocalypse Detail from the fresco in the Chapel of San Brizio, Orvieto
Luca Signorelli The Damned Detail from the fresco in the Chapel of San Brizio, Orvieto
Luca Signorelli The Damned Detail from the fresco in the Chapel of San Brizio, Orvieto
Luca Signorelli The Damned Being Plunged Into Hell Detail from the fresco in the Chapel of San Brizio, Orvieto
Fra Angelico The Last Judgement Tempera on wood in the Museo di San Marco, Florence
Bosch Seven Deadly Sins Panel, 1480, in the Prado
Bosch Death Comes to the Miser Oil on wood, 1490, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC
Bosch The Extraction of the Stone of Madness Oil on wood, 1476, at the Prado
Bosch The Man-Tree Graphische Sammlung, at the Albertina in Vienna
Dieric Bouts Hell Oil on wood, 1450, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille
16th Century
Hans Holbein the Elder Martyrdom of St. Sebastian Lime panel, 1516, at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich
Leonardo da Vinci A Grotesque Head Drawing, c. 1504-7
Giuseppe Arcimboldo Summer 1563, at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Giuseppe Arcimboldo Summer 1573, at the Louvre
Giuseppe Arcimboldo Winter 1563, at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Caravaggio Judith Beheading Holofernes One of the more gruesome paintings of the 16th century, 1598, at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome
Pieter Brueghel the Elder The Triumph of Death All segments of society are equally affected by Death. Much of the iconography in this painting is borrowed from the Dance of Death. Oil on panel, 1562, Prado.
Pieter Brueghel the Elder Fishes Pen drawing, 1556, Graphische Sammlung, Albertina, Vienna
Pieter Brueghel the Elder The Fall of the Rebel Angels Painted in 1562
17th Century
Jusepe Ribera The Flaying of Marsyas At the Musee Royaux des Beaux Arts du Belgique
Rembrandt Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp The most famous anatomy painting of all time, painted when Rembrandt was only 26. One dissection was permitted annually by Amsterdam's Guild of Surgeons; this depicts the dissection of Aris Kindt, hanged for robbery and dissected on January 16, 1632.
Rembrandt The Flayed Ox An uncharacteristic subject for Rembrandt, 1655.
The Limbourg Brothers Hell From the book of hours for the Duc de Berry, perhaps the most sumptuously illustrated book ever created for a private individual.
18th Century
William Blake Marriage of Heaven and Hell Painted 1790
William Blake Urizen: The Web of Religion Watercolor and ink on paper, 1794
William Blake Dante and Virgil at the Gates of Hell Virgil is Dante's guide during his travels through Hell, in his Divine Comedy. This is from a series of illustrations commissioned by John Linnell.
19th Century
Francisco Goya The Third of May 1808 Goya's most important painting, one of the first of a political nature. Here is captured a scene from the Spanish war of liberation, with Napoleon's troops executing members of the uprising.
Francisco Goya Saturn Devouring His Young Fresco, 1819, Prado
Edouard Manet The Dead Toreador Oil on canvas, 1864, in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Vasily Vereshchagin The Apotheosis of War Oil on canvas, 1871, at the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Vincent van Gogh Skull Smoking a Cigarette Oil on canvas, 1886, Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam
Vincent van Gogh Skull Oil on canvas, 1887, Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam
James Ensor Skeletons fighting over a smoked herring Painted 1891
20th Century
Alfred Kubin Madness Drawing, 1904, Graphische Sammlung Albertina in Vienna
Gustav Klimt Death/Life Oil on canvas, 1908
Marcel Duchamp Fountain The public wasn't quite ready for Duchamp's "ready-made" 1917 porcelain urinal, which seemed more focused on selection rather than creation. Is it art, or just a damn toilet?
Otto Dix Cardplaying War Cripples A work representing the absurdity of The Great War, which we now call World War I. Dix is known for his powerful anti-war statements. Oil, 1920, painting resides in a private collection.
Chaim Soutine Carcass of Beef Oil on cloth, 1925, Minneapolis Institute of Art. Compare to Rembrandt's 1655 painting above.
Frida Kahlo A Few Small Nips Oil on wood panel, 1935, Dolores Olmedo Foundation, Mexico City
Andres Serrano Piss Christ Controversial work in an unusual medium: plastic crucifix in urine with cow's blood

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