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From Goya's The Disasters Of War.

  • Francisco de Goya: Saturn Devouring His Son and The Disasters Of War show a lot of Malevolent Mutilation. Other art works also show his fascination with deformity.
  • Hieronymus Bosch: The central image of The Garden Of Earthly Delights panel Hell shows a huge man turned into a tree, with parts of his body as a huge egg shell with people dining inside of it.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn: The Anatomy Lesson Of Dr. Tulp shows a doctor dissecting a corpse in the presence of his students.
  • Peter Paul Rubens:
    • The decapitated head of Medusa was subject of one of his paintings.
  • Salvador Dalí: Soft Construction With Boiled Beans From Premonition Of The Civil War shows a huge giant who has no romp, just a trapezium shaped nothingness in the middle, while his hands and feet appear in odd places.
  • Théodore Géricault made some studies of chopped up heads, arms and legs in preparation of The Radeau of the Médusa.
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  • Pablo Picasso: The melted faces of the people in his cubist paintings are also a memorable example.
  • The Judgment of Cambyses by Gerard David shows a man being flayed alive.
  • Francis Bacon's Screaming Popes paintings show the distorted faces of popes apparently screaming in their own horror.
  • Le Viol (The Rape) by René Magritte.
  • The scrawny nudes of Egon Schiele sometimes have this audience reaction too.
  • The sculpture Fucking Hell by Jake and Dinos Chapman shows hundreds of tiny puppets all in a symbbolic depiction of the worst crimes mankind has ever committed.
  • Judith Decapitates Holofernes by Caravaggio.
  • Zuccari's frescoes of Capital Sins and Hell in the duomo of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in Italy has a man in the centre who is half flayed and still sits upright. At one point these paintings were covered up because they were thought to be too horrific.
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