More reseach concerning evilness in art from the past

Perhaps the most famous artist in terms of the depiction of evilness has to be Goya. There are two paintings that I have included within my dissertation, these are “The Forcibly Bewitched” and “The Third of May 1808.” The Third of May 1808 is a piece that I have analysed is quite some detail recently in this blog so I wont go into much detail concerning this piece. Here are the pieces below.


These pieces both portray evilness as two opposing sectors. It must be said that there is clearly an element of fear depicted in both pieces however there are different kinds of fear. The element of fear in “The Third of May 1808” is far more current and something that humanity can relate to with these scenes of war. However in “The Forcibly Bewitched” the feared evilness takes the form of a far more spiritual and ghostly portrayal. “The Forcibly Bewitched” in particular presents evilness as something that should be feared and if you do dabble with it you will be punished. These two paintings have been extensively studied in my dissertation.


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