We tend to think of people in olden times as somber and dignified, dealing with hardships we have since overcome. But olden timey people were still people, just weird freaks like us. Here are 13 pieces from art history that will have you going “Oh, right yeah. Maybe those thousands of years of Church art patronage warped my perception of the past.” 

Gin Lane

1751 Gin Lane THE ROYAL William Hogarth created satirical engravings that served as propaganda against evil gin (as compared to noble English beer). CRACKED.COM

Source: Tate

Phallic Wind Chimes

1st Century Tintinabulum Bronze tintinabulum Roman, 1st century AD Objects like this were suspended in gardens where the hanging bells The winged tinkled in the wind lion-phallus was believed to provide magical protection against evil and to bring good luck to the household Si Win Temple or a - Romans created this winged lion-phallus wind chime to maybe ward off evil and bring good luck. Or maybe just to be weird. Either way, we appreciate it. CRACKED.COM

Source: British Museum

Garden of Earthly Delights

1500 The Garden of Earthly Delights Hieronymus Bosch depicts a musical hell that includes harming secular music makers with their sinful instruments. Even when being religious and preachy, Bosch was being a fun little freak. CRACKED.COM

Source: Museo del Prado

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