This article has some excellent examples of horror in classical art. Great art evokes powerful emotion, and terror is powerful. The above, Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son,” is one of my favorite paintings. The madness in the god’s eyes, the way his hands are about to tear the body right in half, the urgent and brash brush strokes…it hits me right in the gut. It terrifies me and yet I can’t look away.
Take a look at the paintings in the article. Which one terrifies you most? Which one can you not look away from?