25 Disturbing Art Pieces That Challenge People’s Sanity

Posted by , Updated on November 6, 2018


Among the peaceful portraits and soothing art pieces, there are creepy old paintings that give audiences a more unsettling and disturbing view of the world. These famous horror paintings go from mildly weird to absolutely shocking and deranged. Can you handle these 25 disturbing art pieces? Many have tried and many have failed. Here are 25 Disturbing Art Pieces That Challenge People’s Sanity.

Caution: Contains disturbing images.




One of Pablo Picasso’s most famous pieces, Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. This work has gained a monumental status and has become a perpetual reminder of the atrociousness of war.


Anatomical Pieces


“Anatomical Pieces” is a shocking masterpiece by French painter Theodore Gericault who used human remains as subjects for his work.


Diomedes Being Eaten by His Horses

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“Diomedes Being Eaten by His Horses” is a watercolor painting by French symbolist painter Gustave Moreau that depicts the dramatic climax from the 8th labor of Hercules, who was ordered to capture the four flesh-eating horses belonging to King Diomedes. Hercules killed the king in battle and fed his body to the horses.


Deterioration of Mind Over Matter

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This 1973 painting by Austrian author Otto Rapp is a frightening depiction of a decomposing human skull over a birdcage “in which the raw gore of man’s physical being lies lifeless at the base.”


Dante and Virgil in Hell

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Dante and Virgil in Hell by W. A. Bouguereau was inspired by a short scene from Dante’s Inferno where Dante, accompanied by Virgil, watches a fight between two damned souls.

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