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The History of Creepy Art in 10 Disturbing Pieces

The Inferno Canto 13, Gustave Dore

Gustave Dore is such a titan of Gothick art that it's nigh impossible to pick one representative image for this collection. He was a true pop-culture champion--he brought the Romantic to the masses. The 19th century Frenchman was supernaturally gifted--he began carving and drawing at the age of 5 without any training. He published his first illustrated book at the age of 15. He went on to create acclaimed illustrated editions of Dante's InfernoParadise Lost, the Bible, and the works of Lord Byron. The plate to the left is from the Inferno, and features demon Ents. 

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