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KA-BLAM! A History of Apocalyptic Art

By Becky Ferreira Oct 24, 2013

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"The Triumph of Death" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, painted in 1562. Yeah...so this may be the first influential depiction of a zombie apocalypse ever. Note that there is an army of scary-ass skeletons parading in from the left of the painting, destroying everyone in their path. They are kind of spookier than our modern zombies, because they appear to be capable of using weapons and stuff. Also: the painting is not just about the apocalypse of mankind, but of every individual: death always triumphs. CHILLS.

Tags: apocalypse, art, art slideshows, dystopian, apocalyptic art

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