High Art isn't all cherubs and dancing ladies. No. High Art is also blood and thunder and guts and other things that'd be at home on a metal album cover, but rendered with the skill and precision that album cover artists wouldn't even dare to dream of attaining.

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CRACKEDCON Jr ourit Gunere +T te unm A th-century manuscript features a lovingly detailed Zombie King. This dude's scroll says Remember, man, that yo

Deterioration Of Mind Over Matterlooks like a literal metal album cover. It was painted in 1973 by Otto Rapp, an artist who went on to have dozens of

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No, this isn't Cthulhu fan art. It's The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun, painted between 1803 and 1805 by esteemed English poet a

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Michelangelo hid a gory Easter egg in the Sistine Chapel. That's St. Bartholomew, holding his own flayed skin in his hand at the last judgment. Which

This is William-Adolphe Bouguereau's Dante and Virgil. It's about two guys in the eighth circle of Hell trying to kill (re-kill?) each other as Dante

Medieval artists thought that even dead people can be vain. In this detail from an illuminated manuscript from around 1500, this lady isn't letting a

This isn't an LSD addict painting his nightmares, it's high art. 16th-century Flemish painter Hieronymus Bosch is known for painting some of the crazi

In early Renaissance art, the Devil was bizarre and disgusting. Forget the idea of a red guy with horns and a goatee- in art like The Devil Presenting

These horses are absolutely not fucking around. Gustave Moreau's Diomedes Devoured by Horses looks like it was an outlet for the artist's rage and fru

This 1498 painting shows a dude being skinned alive in public. It's hard to say what's worse everyone standing around calmly like they've gathered to

20th-century Polish artist Zdzislaw Beksinski must have had a hotline to the Devil in his head. He painted bizarre apocalypti scenes that make H.R. Gi
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