The monthly ArtSmart Roundtable brings together some of the best art-focused travel blogs to post on a common theme. This month we are discussing Death & Darkness! Take a look at all the creative interpretations of his topic at the bottom of the page.
November 1 was All Saints Day which got me thinking about this pantheon of holy men and women. The Saints can be grouped based on their spiritual achievements, like the Scholars, Leaders, Mystics and the Martyrs. For frightening, chilling stories, Halloween’s monsters have nothing on this last group! While they are revered as holy people, the lives of these Saints contain some gruesome tales of torture and execution. Since images have historically been used to educate viewers, may of the most disturbing images in art history depict the various grisly deaths of the martyr Saints.