El arte también puede ser terrorífico: siete pinturas de miedo

When talking about art, not everything is about colorful landscapes and portraits. In fact, it is the opposite, when the artist expresses based on his or her thoughts and feelings and from one way or another moves us positively or negatively. There are hundreds of movements and styles, one of them are terror, thrillers, black metal, black-magic-related dances, literary or film genres, or stories which purpose is to frighten the spectator or reader.

Arte al Limite will show a collection of artworks that will cause your hair to stand on end:
Judith Slaying Holofernes is an oil on canvas painting made by the Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi. According to some historians, it was done based on hatred and suffering after a friend of her father raped her at 17 years old. The painting described an episode from the Old Testament, which has been represented frequently on art history. The biblical heroine along with her maid entered enemy’s territory to seduce and behead Holofernes. Light treatment and expressions are the most prominent aspects of this work.

Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X is an interpretation of the Portrait of Pope Innocent X by Velázquez. It is said that Francis Bacon liked to paint after nights of distortion with hangovers to reorganize the world. Bacon admired Velázquez’s artwork and turn it into an emblem of horrors made by religion on history. That is why the protagonist of this work is absolutely expressive and with a bony face that resembles a death man: a rather phantasmagorical image.

Saturn Devouring His Son is an oil on canvas painting by Goya. It belongs to a series of paintings called Black Paintings, where Chronos devours one of his children because, according to the legend, one of them would dethrone him. The artist on his works shows himself as a revolutionary painter that replaces common painting with large spots of painting. The monstrous form represents the darkest part of humanbeing according to Goya’s thinking.
Severed Heads by Théodore Géricault, he is well-known due to his painting collection of limbs and cut heads. Unlike those neoclassical artists, this French artist chose to record the cruelest scenes. From this collection, Severed Heads stands out for its violent scene: two bloodstained heads with dying stare on a white cloth.
The Nightmare is a 1781 painting by Swiss artist Henry Fuseli. After several tries, this painting is the most well-known one. Here we can see an asleep woman being possessed by a demon, who shows up in erotic dreams. Behind, a spectral head of a horse stares the scene. It is a night and theater work that inspires XIX-century satanic imagery

Big Electric Chair by Andy Warhol is a series of photographs where this horrible device lies on the middle of an empty room, waiting an unlucky visitor. In the 60’s, just some were aware of death chambers, so the artist wanted to photograph this frightening and unfriendly place where life is wiped out once an strong electric shock comes.
David with the Head of Goliath by Master Caravaggio, 1607, was the favorite topic because it has a metaphor of intelligence and skills before arrogance. The topic has self-biographic details as the painter was thrown out of Roman society because he was considered guilty of street homicide.

Which one did surprise you most?

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