1.   Scene of Witches, 1785, illustration for Ben Johnson’s, The Masque of Queens.  Oil on canvas by Henry Fuseli, Swiss, 1741-1825. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. USA.

      Scene of Witches, 1785, illustration for Ben Johnson’s, The Masque of Queens.  Oil on canvas by Henry Fuseli, Swiss, 1741-1825. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. USA.

  2.  Chaos, 1875-82, detail, oil on canvas by George Frederick Watts and assistants, British. Tate Britain.
 Watts presents a formless state prior to creation of the universe and the path of evolution at the center. To the left is primeval confusion represented by giants struggling to release themselves from fire and vapor. To the right is measurable time and space represented by a chain of female figures.
 Watts, 1817-1904,  was a British Victorian painter and sculptor of the Symbolist movement.

     Chaos, 1875-82, detail, oil on canvas by George Frederick Watts and assistants, British. Tate Britain.

     Watts presents a formless state prior to creation of the universe and the path of evolution at the center. To the left is primeval confusion represented by giants struggling to release themselves from fire and vapor. To the right is measurable time and space represented by a chain of female figures.

     Watts, 1817-1904,  was a British Victorian painter and sculptor of the Symbolist movement.

  3.  Fugitive Protestant Family After the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 1870, by Edouard Hammon, Belgian, 1819-1888. Saint-Vaast-la Hougue, Maritime Museum, Island Tatihou, France.
  The Edict of Nantes had given the protestants in France freedoms not enjoyed before. After the revocation of the act, many protestant families fled the country for religious freedom. The storm tossed sea represents the peril they believed they were in.
  Hamman was an illustrator and painter of genre, portraits and history.

     Fugitive Protestant Family After the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, 1870, by Edouard Hammon, Belgian, 1819-1888. Saint-Vaast-la Hougue, Maritime Museum, Island Tatihou, France.

      The Edict of Nantes had given the protestants in France freedoms not enjoyed before. After the revocation of the act, many protestant families fled the country for religious freedom. The storm tossed sea represents the peril they believed they were in.

      Hamman was an illustrator and painter of genre, portraits and history.

  4. demoniality:

Symphonie Symbolique by Edmund John and illustrated by Stella Langdale, 1919
Submitted by danskjavlarna

    demoniality:

    Symphonie Symbolique by Edmund John and illustrated by Stella Langdale, 1919

    Submitted by danskjavlarna

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  5.  Horseman of the Apocalypse, oil on canvas, by Ulpiano Checa, Spanish, 1860-1916. Private Collection.
 Checa was a sculptor, designer and illustrator who used impressionistic and academic styles. Many of his scenes were historic. 

     Horseman of the Apocalypse, oil on canvas, by Ulpiano Checa, Spanish, 1860-1916. Private Collection.

     Checa was a sculptor, designer and illustrator who used impressionistic and academic styles. Many of his scenes were historic. 

  6.  La Mort sur un cheval pâle (Death on a Pale Horse) , oil on panel by Edouard Ravel de Malval, French, 1847-1920. 

     La Mort sur un cheval pâle (Death on a Pale Horse) , oil on panel by Edouard Ravel de Malval, French, 1847-1920. 

  7.  Prison Scene, 1800, illustration in brown ink heightened with white on paper by Maria Cosway, 1760-1838, Italian-British descent for Mary Robinson’s poem, The Wintry Day. New York Public Library.
 This particular scene comes from a line in the poem describing the fate of the sad and poor suffering in prison. 
  Cosway’s work is held by the British Museum, New York Public Library and British Library. Exhibits of her illustrations and paintings were at the National Portrait Gallery in 1995-95 and at Tate Britain in 2006. 

     Prison Scene, 1800, illustration in brown ink heightened with white on paper by Maria Cosway, 1760-1838, Italian-British descent for Mary Robinson’s poem, The Wintry Day. New York Public Library.

     This particular scene comes from a line in the poem describing the fate of the sad and poor suffering in prison. 

      Cosway’s work is held by the British Museum, New York Public Library and British Library. Exhibits of her illustrations and paintings were at the National Portrait Gallery in 1995-95 and at Tate Britain in 2006. 

  8.    Disillusion, 1851, oil on canvas by Edouard Hamman, Belgian, 1819-1888. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.
   Is it the end of the day with darkness approaching or is it the sunrise of a new, and perhaps better, day?
   Hamman was influenced by Louis Gallait and was an illustrator, as well as a painter of history, genre and portraits. He also painted scenes from the lives of well known people such as  Dante, Mozart and Shakespeare. 

       Disillusion, 1851, oil on canvas by Edouard Hamman, Belgian, 1819-1888. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia.

       Is it the end of the day with darkness approaching or is it the sunrise of a new, and perhaps better, day?

       Hamman was influenced by Louis Gallait and was an illustrator, as well as a painter of history, genre and portraits. He also painted scenes from the lives of well known people such as  Dante, Mozart and Shakespeare. 

  9.  The Red Death, etching, by Marcel Roux, French, 1878-1922.
  Mostly self-taught, Roux was fond of symbolism as in his scene of the plague. This work is in the Musée Marcel Roux in Rhône, France, where Roux was born. 

     The Red Death, etching, by Marcel Roux, French, 1878-1922.

      Mostly self-taught, Roux was fond of symbolism as in his scene of the plague. This work is in the Musée Marcel Roux in Rhône, France, where Roux was born. 

  10. shakypigment:

Alessandro Magnasco - Okultist Asklepios with the Bar and Hourglass
(Note: Magnasco, 1667-1749. was an Italian who spent most of his working life in Milan, Italy. This oil on canvas was at auction in September 2013. -- shadesandshadows) 

    shakypigment:

    Alessandro Magnasco - Okultist Asklepios with the Bar and Hourglass

    (Note: Magnasco, 1667-1749. was an Italian who spent most of his working life in Milan, Italy. This oil on canvas was at auction in September 2013. -- shadesandshadows

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Many classical writers and artists explored misty shades and shadows of the supernatural. Others chronicled myths and legends.
This is a collection of writers and artists who illustrated these dark themes.

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AUTHORS AND ARTISTS:
· Adolf Hiremy Hirschl
· Adolph von Menzel
· Adriaen Brouwer
· Adriaen van de Venne
· Albert Ludovici
· Albert Welti
· Albrecht Durer
· Alessandro Magnasco
· Alexander Litovchenko
· Alexander Nasmyth
· Alexander Ver Huell
· Alexandre Cabanel
· 
Alexandre Colin
· Alfred Elmore
· Alfred Stevens
· Allegory
· Alphonse de Neuville
· Anders Zorn
· Angelica Kauffmann
· Anonymous
· Antoine Wiertz
· Anton Pieck
· Arnold Bocklin
· Artur Grottger
· Arthur Hacker
· Arthur Hughes
· Arthur Rackham
· August Bromse
· Auguste Raffet
· Augustus Leopold Egg
· Augustus Mulready
· Austin Osman Spare
· Benigne Gagneraux
· 
Biblical Themes
· Book Covers
· Book of Hours
· Bram Stoker
· Briton Riviere
· Camille Corot
· Caravaggio
· Carl Herpfer
· Carlos Schwabe
· Caspar David Friedrich
· Cemetery Sculptures
· Charles Deas
· Charles Dickens
· Charles Doyle
· Charles Landseer
· Charlotte Bronte
· Charon
·  Claudius Jacquand
· Consolation
· Crypts
· Dance of Death
· Daniel Maclise
· Dante Rossetti
· David Teniers the Younger
· Divine Comedy
· Domenico Feti
· Dreams
· Druids
· Edgar Allan Poe
· Edmund Blair Leighton
· Edmund Dulac
· Edouard Cibot
· Edouard Hamman
· Edouard Manet
· Edouard Rosset Granger
· Edvard Munch
· Edward Bulwer Lytton
· Edward Burne Jones
· Edward Gorey
· Edward Matthew Ward
· Edwin Landseer
· Egbert van der Poel
· Egyptian Themes
· Elihu Vedder
· Emanuel Leutze
· Emily Bronte
· Ernst Ferdinand Oehme
· Erskine Nicol
· Eugene Delacroix
· Eugene Grasset
· Evelyn de Morgan
· Executions
· Fear
· Ferdinand Keller
· Ferdinand Waldmuller
· F.H. Townsend
· Fire
· Firs Zhuravlev
· Folklore
· Francesco Guardi
· Francis Danby
· Francisco deZurbaran
· Francisco Goya
· Francois Biard
· Frank Dicksee
· Frank Holl
· Frederic George Cotman
· Frederick Coffay Yohn
· Frederick Lord Leighton
· Frederick Walker
· Gabriel Max
· Gaston Leroux
· George Bernard O'Neill
· George DuMaurier
· George Elgar Hicks
· George Frederick Watts
· Georges de Latour
· Ghosts
· Girodet Trioson
· 
Giovanni Baglione
· Guercino
· Gustave Courbet
· Gustave Courtois
· Gustave Dore
· Hans Baldung Grien
· Hans Holbein the Younger
· Hansom cab
· Harper's Weekly
· Harrison Ainsworth
· Haunted Places
· Heinrich Burkel
· Henri Latour
· Henri Regnault
· Henry Courtney Selous
· Henry Fuseli
· Henry James
· Herbert Dicksee
· Herbert Draper
· Hieronymous Bosch
· Horace Vernet
· Howard Pyle
· Hughes Merle
· Hugo Simberg
· Ilya Repin
· Image
· Ireland
· Isle of the Dead
· Ivan Aivazovsky
· Jack the Ripper
· Jacques Callot
· Jakub Schikaneder
· James Tissot
· James William Carling
· Jan Beerstraten
· Jan Brueghel
· Jan Steen
· Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
· Jean Baptiste Corot
· Jean Beraud
· Jean Francois Millet
· Jean Gericault
· Jean Leon Gerome
· Jean Paul Laurens
· Johan Malmstrom
· Johann Von Goethe
· John Atkinson Grimshaw
· John Baptist de Medina
· John Buchan
· John Collier
· John Downman
· John Martin
· John Edmund Buckley
· John Everett Millais
· John Milton
· John Singleton Copley
· John William Waterhouse
· Joseph Farquharson
· Joseph M.W. Turner
· Joseph Sattler
· Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
· Joseph Wright
· Juan de Valdes Leal
· Karl Blechen
· Karl Briullov
· Karl Diefenbach
· Klavdy Lebedev
· Konstantin Flavitsky
· Konstantin Makovsky
· Laszlo Mednyanszky
· Lee Brown Coye
· Legends
· Lenore
· Leon Bonnat
· Leon Wyczolkowski
· Leonardo da Vinci
· Louisa May Alcott
· Louis Boulanger
· Louis Gallait
· Louis Janmot
· Louis Leopold Boilly
· Lucas Cranach
· Lucas van Leyden
· Lucas van Uden
· Lucien Levy Dhurmer
· Luis Ricardo Falero
· McGuffey's Readers
· Magic
· Marcel Roux
· Maria Cosway
· Mary Roberts Rinehart
· Matthew Gregory Lewis
· Matthias Stomer
· Maximilian Pirner
· Max Klinger
· Michelangelo
· Mihaly Zichy
· Modest Mussorgsky
· Mourning
· Murder
· Mysteries
· Mystics
· Myths
· Nathaniel Hawthorne
· Nicolaes Berchem
· Nicholas Poussin
· Oddities
· Odilon Redon
· Operas
· Oscar Wilde
· Paul Albert Besnard
· Paul Delaroche
· Peter Claesz
· Peter Paul Rubens
· Philip Burne Jones
· Philip Wouwerman
· Phyllis Chesler
· Pieter Bruegel
· Plague
· Poetry
· 
Pompeii
· 
Randolph Schwabe
· Ray Bradbury
· Resurrectionists
· Richard Redgrave
· Richard Wagner
· Robert Bloch
· Robert Draper
· Robert Lewis Stevenson
· Robert William Buss
· Rogelio de Equsquiza
· Rudyard Kipling
· Samuel Luke Fildes
· Samuel Prout
· Samuel Woodforde
· Sandor Liezen Mayer
· Sculpture
· Serafino Macchiati
· Sherlock Holmes
· Shirley Jackson
· Solitude
· Sorrow
· Spiritualism
· Strand Magazine
· Suicides
· Susan Hill
· Suspense
· Tavik Frantisek Simon
· Theodor Kittlesen
· Theodore Gericault
· Thomas Brooks
· Thomas Faed
· Thomas Hardy
· Thomas Jones Barker
· Thomas Rowlandson
· Titian
· Tragedy
· Ulpiano Checa
· Vanitas
· Vasily Grigorevich Perov
· Victoriana
· Viktor Vasnetsov
· Vincent Van Gogh
· Vincenzo Camuccini
· Walter Crane
· Walter Langley
· Walter Scott
· War
· Washington Irving
· Wilhelm Kotarbinsky
· Wilkie Collins
· William Bouguereau
· William H. Ainsworth
· William Holman Hunt
· William Blake
· William Brassey Hole
· William Frith
· William Hamilton
· William Hogarth
· William MacGeorge
· William Mulready
· William Shakespeare
· William Strang
· Witchcraft
· Witold Pruszkowski
· Xavier Mellery