Strange Art

Cabbage heads in The Legend of the Baker of Eekloo

Cabbage heads in The Legend of the Baker of Eekloo

In the story, those who wanted to change their appearance or revert the effects of time on their faces could go to the town of Eeklo, where they could have a new head baked for them. The head would be carefully cut from the trunk, kneaded, glazed and placed into the oven. In the meantime, a green cabbage symbolically “replaced” the head. Once baked, the head was sewn back. However, things could go wrong, making this a cautionary tale about the risk of changing ones apppearance.

Incredible body hair

Incredible body hair

After Jesus’ crucifixion and his resurrection, Mary Magdalene went to live a solitary life in the desert, praying and fasting. She did not care about any mundane objects, and eventually her clothes wore off and fell apart. To protect her modesty, her bodily hair then miraculously grew in abundance. Attavante degli Attavanti and workshop, Mary Magdalene in “Horae ad usum Ecclesiae Romanae”, ca. 1492, Royal Castle in Warsaw

Is that a laptop??

Is that a laptop??

Ancient Greek funeral stele (grave marker) that seems to shows a laptop computer with USB ports! Stele, 100 BC, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, California

In love with a sculpture

In love with a sculpture

Pygmalion (Pygmalionking of Cyprus, who decided to renounce sensuality to devote his life to the arts) by Paul Delvaux, 1939, oil on wood, Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels

Titan's goblet

Titan's goblet

Sitting within a landscape we see a massive, vegetation encrusted goblet with a rim of classical ruins, and with sailing boats floating on the surface...

A strange hat, a dog and a cat

A strange hat, a dog and a cat

Dosso Dossi painted many religious pictures, but he is now known mainly for his mythologies and allegories. These are highly imaginative, and it is rarely entirely clear what story or text is being illustrated! (c.1508-10)

Strange Halo

Strange Halo

The holy family by Jacob Jordaens. Oil on canvas, 155x113 cm, Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels

Man fighting off babies

Man fighting off babies

The Vigeland Sculpture park in Frogner Park, Oslo (Norway), was designed by sculptor Gustav Vigeland, and contains no less than 212 bronze and granite sculptures. Among the most eye-catching artwork is this man battling babies.

Poking a skull

Poking a skull

Portrait of a Man Holding a Skull (believed to be a self-portrait) possibly pointing to his own mortality. c. 1660

Diving into the crowd

Diving into the crowd

Miracle of the Slave by Tintoretto, 1548, Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice, depicting St Mark rescuing one of his devotees, a servant of a knight of Provence, who had been condemned to having his legs broken and his eyes put out for worshipping the relics of the saint against his master's will.

Oxygen Mask

Oxygen Mask

Katja, 2016, by Austrian visual artist Markus Schinwald, who focuses on themes of metamorphosis and dysfunction

Yawning

Yawning

The Yawning Man, after Pieter Bruegel I, Koninklijke Musea voor Kunsten Belgie, Brussels

Water spurting from breasts

Water spurting from breasts

Fountain of the Virtues, 1584-1589, in the center of Nuremberg, Germany

Frogs coming out of their mouths

Frogs coming out of their mouths

False prophets (Revelation 16:13), Queen Mary Apocalypse, 14th century, London. British Library

Fighting Children

Fighting Children

Scène allégorique, Dosso Dossi (1489-1542) - Palazzo Cini, Venise

Is he on the phone??

Is he on the phone??

The Seer, Temple of Zeus at Olympia, ca. 470 - 456 BC, Archaeological Museum, Olympia

Not sure what the story is here...

Not sure what the story is here...

Cat seems to be high-fiving the not very impressed French Rococo lady, who wears ‘robe à l’Anglaise’ (only worn on stage at this time), set in a Netherlandish look alike interior, with someone hiding behind the door, and a reflection of the female artist in the globe...

God's behind

God's behind

Creation Of Sun Moon And Planets Within The Sistine Chapel Ceiling Painting by Michelangelo

Frozen Blood Self Portrait

Frozen Blood Self Portrait

Self by Marc Quinn

Baby eater

Baby eater

This nearly 500 year old sculpture depicts a man eating a sack of babies, and no one is sure why. Created in 1545/46 by Hans Gieng, in Bern, Switzerland

(center) Disappearing act?

(center) Disappearing act?

Scene from the life of St Barbara. Koninklike Musea voor Schone Kunsten, Brussel

Curling Paper tiara

Curling Paper tiara

Madame Liotard and her Daughter by Jean-Étienne Liotard, showing the little girl still having her curling paper in her hair!

Even the trees are bleeding!

Even the trees are bleeding!

The Murder of Saint Peter Martyr, Bellini, 1509; oil on panel, 68 x 100 cm, Courtauld Gallery

Elongated legs

Elongated legs

The White Cat, Pierre Bonnard, 1884, oil on card, 20" x 13", held by Orsay Museum, Paris

Bearded female saint on the cross

Bearded female saint on the cross

According to the narrative of the legend, sometimes set in Portugal, a teen-aged noblewoman named Wilgefortis had been promised in marriage by her father to a pagan king. To thwart the unwanted wedding, she had taken a vow of virginity, and prayed that she would be made repulsive. In answer to her prayers she sprouted a beard, which ended the engagement. In anger, Wilgefortis's father had her crucified.

Astronaut on late Gothic church

Astronaut on late Gothic church

Sculpture of astronaut added to New Cathedral, (1513-1733), Salamanca , Spain, during renovations in 1992

Aliens

Aliens

Baptism of Christ, Aert de Gelder, c. 1710, oil on canvas, 48.3 × 37.1 cm, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The Virgin Spanking The Christ Child

The Virgin Spanking The Christ Child

The Virgin Spanking The Christ Child Before Three Witnesses: Andre Breton, Paul Eluard, And The Painter, Max Ernst, 1926; oil on canvas, 130 x 196 cm, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

Bathing in Christ's blood

Bathing in Christ's blood

Jean Bellegambe, Mystic Bath of Souls, 1505-10 or 1526, , oil on panel, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille

Two faces

Two faces

Prudentia. Detail of Peter of Verona's grave in the Cappella Portinari chapel in Sant'Eustorgio church in Milan.

A tete a tete with a shark

A tete a tete with a shark

Saint Anthony preaching to the fish, Arnold Böcklin, 1892, Landesmuseum, Zurich

Nipple pinching

Nipple pinching

Gabrielle d’Estrees and one of her sisters, Unknown author, c. 1594, oil on wood, 96 cm × 125 cm, Louvre

Physiognomy

Physiognomy

The dubious science of deducing mental character from physical appearance influenced European art and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries

Topless dueling

Topless dueling

At the end of the 19th century, 2 noblewomen got into a disagreement about a floral arrangement and decided to duel. The woman overseeing the duel suggested they disrobe to the waist to lessen the possibility of infection from wounds that have touched their clothing, and thus the trend― commonly called 'emancipated dueling'― was born. Photographs and paintings of this phenomenon can be found, all dating from around this period. Emile-Antoine Bayard (1884) - An Affair of Honour

The Ugly Duchess

The Ugly Duchess

The Ugly Duchess,Quentin Matsys, c. 1513, Oil on wood, 64.2 × 45.5 cm. National Gallery, London

Christ with three faces

Christ with three faces

The Trinity , Netherlandish School, ca. 1500, oil on panel, 17.8 x 11.4 cm, Private Collection

Classical woman holding beetle on a plat

Classical woman holding beetle on a plat

The Boll Weevil Monument in downtown Enterprise, Alabama, United States is a prominent landmark and tribute erected by the citizens of Enterprise in 1919 to show their appreciation to an insect, the boll weevil, for its profound influence on the area's agriculture and economy.

Eyes on a stick

Eyes on a stick

St. Lucy, Francesco del Cossa, c. 1473/1474, tempera on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C

Space ships

Space ships

Crucifixion of Christ, fresco, Visoki Dečani Monastery (above the altar), Dečani, Kosovo

Woman with beard breastfeeding

Woman with beard breastfeeding

Magdalena Ventura with Her Husband and Son, Jusepe de Ribera, 1631, Oil on canvas, 196 x 127 cm, Museo Fondación Duque de Lerma, Toledo

Blue Vegetation

Blue Vegetation

Landscape with Sportsmen and Game, Adam Christiaensz Pynacker, c. 1665, oil on canvas, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gargoyle straight from 'Aliens'

Gargoyle straight from 'Aliens'

Gargoyle from 1990s on the outside of 13th Century Paisley Abbey, Scotland, the spitting image of the monster from the Alien films.

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