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The History of Creepy Art in 10 Disturbing Pieces

By Tim Wainwright Oct 17, 2013

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Le Danse Macabre, Guyot Marchand

The medievals were freaking crazy. We all know that. Perhaps the creepiest touch of medieval art was the rise of Le Danse Macabre, where Death himself would enter the world and lead dances--at first morris-style community dances, and in later iterations more  morbid one-on-one tangos. Here is an illuminated example of this style. The pairing of Death and his Bride is one of the earliest links between sex and violence, a fun playground for Freudian psycho-wizards ever since.

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Tim Wainwright

Tim Wainwright writes about monsters, sexual ethics, and public sector employee pension reform--and sometimes other things. You can follow him on twitter @Tim_Wainwright , because he has a strange desire to have people read the things he writes. He is growing to accept the fact that people will always call him "bud", and that he will never pull off the cowboy hat look.

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