This charmingly macabre guest post is brought to you by Talia of Gothica Gothique and the Emporium Gothica, who has also penned several books that might be of interest to the Gothically inclined, which you can check out on Amazon here.
Have you ever been to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland? The room full of paintings which, as you stand watching, stretch to reveal increasingly morbid details? Have you ever thought this would be an awesome way to decorate your home? Well, here behold five completely real, legitimate, classic works of art that are perfect for adding a touch of sophistication to your home while simultaneously weirding out all your visitors.
1) Watson and the Shark.
Gustave Doré's art reputedly was the inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft's monsters. Doré also seems to have been oddly fond of portraying nude women in chains. This apparently was found quite appealing according to Victorian sensibilities, and he was one of the most successful illustrators of his time. His edition of Dante's Inferno became a runaway bestseller despite its prohibitively high price, and his illustrated Bible was an international bestseller.
Here we have a lovely painting of a man being torn apart by a quartet of hungry horses, who despite their carnivorous instincts seem to have also left several other nearly-whole dead bodies littering their pen. The fellow hanging out on the wall, calmly watching this, is probably Hercules.
Decorate your home with these, and even the Addams Family couldn't do better.