Artwork can be figurative or literal, prompting a reaction by the viewer while simultaneously expressing the emotions and opinions of the creator. Sometimes, artwork is disturbing - whether it's intended to be so or not - evoking a sense of uneasiness and fascination all at once.
Often focused on themes that revolve around life and death, unnerving works of art call attention to the human condition itself. Throughout history, unsettling paintings have incorporated Biblical tales, perceptions of hell, and countless mythical notions. Artists like Francisco Goya have expressed reactions to social goings-on, while ideas about spirituality and religion appear over and over again.
The creepiness of a work of art involves a fair amount of subjectivity, but these unsettling paintings caught our attention. We can't look away, even though we're decidedly unsettled. What about you?
Francisco Goya's 'Saturn Devouring His Son,' c. 1820-182335134Unnerving painting?
Salvador Dali's 'The Face Of War,' 194029057Unnerving painting?
Titian's 'The Flaying Of Marsyas,' c. 1570-157620740Unnerving painting?
'The Judgment Of Cambyses,' Gerard David, 149822151Unnerving painting?