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"Monstrous Encounters: From Ancient Myths to Modern Temptations" Step into a world where the line between reality and imagination blurs

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh, 1881 (oil on canvas)

The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh, 1881 (oil on canvas)
FFA151968 The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh, 1881 (oil on canvas) by Crane, Walter (1845-1915); 74.5x169.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Princess Margaret was the Laidly Worm; )

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas)
7393515 The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas) by Callot, Jacques (1592-1635) (after); 47 x 72 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Apocalypse Tapestry or Apocalypse of Angers, 1375-80 (tapestry)

Apocalypse Tapestry or Apocalypse of Angers, 1375-80 (tapestry)
CUL4926440 Apocalypse Tapestry or Apocalypse of Angers, 1375-80 (tapestry) by Bataille, Nicolas (fl. 1363-1400); 154x256 cm; Chateau d'Angers

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Temptation of St. Anthony, 17th century (engraving) (b / w photo)

The Temptation of St. Anthony, 17th century (engraving) (b / w photo)
XIR163461 The Temptation of St. Anthony, 17th century (engraving) (b/w photo) by Callot, Jacques (1592-1635); Musee Historique Lorrain, Nancy, France

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Ogre cooking people for breakfast (litho)

Ogre cooking people for breakfast (litho)
7149264 Ogre cooking people for breakfast (litho) by Kley, Heinrich (1863-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ogre cooking people for breakfast)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Evil Spirits of the Modern Daily Press (colour litho)

The Evil Spirits of the Modern Daily Press (colour litho)
3620689 The Evil Spirits of the Modern Daily Press (colour litho) by Griffin, Sydney B. (1854- c.1910); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Evil Spirits of the Modern Daily Press)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: A diver attacked by an octopus (colour litho)

A diver attacked by an octopus (colour litho)
3097449 A diver attacked by an octopus (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A diver attacked by an octopus. Un Scaphandrier Attaque Par Une Pieuvre)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: They make their toilet, c.1820 (engraving)

They make their toilet, c.1820 (engraving)
PCT4265532 They make their toilet, c.1820 (engraving) by Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (1746-1828); (add.info.: Engraving by Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Saint George slaying the dragon, 1835 (oil on canvas)

Saint George slaying the dragon, 1835 (oil on canvas)
8608391 Saint George slaying the dragon, 1835 (oil on canvas) by Ziegler, Jules Claude (1804-56); Basilique Notre Dame, Saint-Omer, France; (add.info.: Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Saint-Omer)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Cigarette case decorated with a dragon, made in a Komai factory, c.1900 (silver gilt & niello)

Cigarette case decorated with a dragon, made in a Komai factory, c.1900 (silver gilt & niello)
PFR205138 Cigarette case decorated with a dragon, made in a Komai factory, c.1900 (silver gilt & niello) by Japanese School, (20th century); Private Collection; © Paul Freeman

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Death to capitalism all over the world. Russian Communist Propagande poster, 1914 (poster)

Death to capitalism all over the world. Russian Communist Propagande poster, 1914 (poster)
JLJ4580813 Death to capitalism all over the world. Russian Communist Propagande poster, 1914 (poster) by Moor, Dmitry (Dmitry Stakhievich Orlov) (1883-1946); Narodni Galerie, Prague

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Hercules and the Hydra. (print)

Hercules and the Hydra. (print)
7419901 Hercules and the Hydra. (print) by Vouet, Simon (1590-1649) (after); (add.info.: Hercules kills the Hydra, the second of Hercules twelve labours)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Lobster and Two Witches, c.1602 (pen & w/c on paper)

Lobster and Two Witches, c.1602 (pen & w/c on paper)
7443777 Lobster and Two Witches, c.1602 (pen & w/c on paper) by Gheyn, Jacques II de (1565-1629); Stadel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; (add.info.: By Jacques de Gheyn II)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The suicide. 1834 (engraving)

The suicide. 1834 (engraving)
7147161 The suicide. 1834 (engraving) by Bayard, Emile Antoine (1837-91); Private Collection; (add.info.: The suicide. Song by french poet Beranger. ( 1780-1857 ) Design by Emile Bayard

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Alchemist consulting his grimoires (magical - cabalistic formulas) under the eyes of an owl

Alchemist consulting his grimoires (magical - cabalistic formulas) under the eyes of an owl
PCT4284936 Alchemist consulting his grimoires (magical - cabalistic formulas) under the eyes of an owl and a demon - the frame of the image is shaped by a snake bites its tail - Lettrine forming

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The army of Quaresmeprenant. Soldiers are represented as fish, some of which have only the aretes

The army of Quaresmeprenant. Soldiers are represented as fish, some of which have only the aretes
PCT4272149 The army of Quaresmeprenant. Soldiers are represented as fish, some of which have only the aretes, by reference to Careme's lean (young) meal

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Prologue to the Funny Tales of Honore de Balzac, 19th century (engraving)

Prologue to the Funny Tales of Honore de Balzac, 19th century (engraving)
PCT5617986 Prologue to the Funny Tales of Honore de Balzac, 19th century (engraving) by French School, (19th century); (add.info)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Luxor, Thebes: Tombs of the Nobles. Tomb of Senmut with Egyptian astrological signs

Luxor, Thebes: Tombs of the Nobles. Tomb of Senmut with Egyptian astrological signs
THT4307499 Luxor, Thebes: Tombs of the Nobles. Tomb of Senmut with Egyptian astrological signs. by Egyptian School; (add.info.: Luxor, Thebes: Tombs of the Nobles)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Tarascon's Tarasque, fabulous monster of the folklore of Provence

Tarascon's Tarasque, fabulous monster of the folklore of Provence: illustration by Albert Robida of the school book
PCT4282342 Tarascon's Tarasque, fabulous monster of the folklore of Provence: illustration by Albert Robida of the school book "Choice of readings" by A Mironneau

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Succubus: female demon (woman - female) riding a dragon - illustration by Albert Robida for

Succubus: female demon (woman - female) riding a dragon - illustration by Albert Robida for the Drolatic Tales by
PCT4281516 Succubus: female demon (woman - female) riding a dragon - illustration by Albert Robida for the Drolatic Tales by Honore de Balzac - beginning 20th century by Robida

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Ravana the demon king of Ceylon fighting the son of Hanuman (w/c on paper)

Ravana the demon king of Ceylon fighting the son of Hanuman (w/c on paper)
NGW405358 Ravana the demon king of Ceylon fighting the son of Hanuman (w/c on paper) by Kalighat School (19th century); 45.4x27.7 cm; National Museum Wales; (add.info)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Perseus and Andromeda, c. 1723 (oil on canvas)

Perseus and Andromeda, c. 1723 (oil on canvas)
7415814 Perseus and Andromeda, c.1723 (oil on canvas) by Lemoyne, Francois (1688-1737); 92, 5x74, 5 cm; (add.info.: by Francois Lemoyne Original title)

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7413371

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Dream of the Doctor, 1496-1500 (engraving)

The Dream of the Doctor, 1496-1500 (engraving)
7414925 The Dream of the Doctor, 1496-1500 (engraving) by Durer or Duerer, Albrecht (1471-1528); 19--12.1 cm; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; (add.info.: by Albrecht Durer)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: El Sueno De La Razon Produce Monstruos (The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters)

El Sueno De La Razon Produce Monstruos (The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters), 1799 (etching & aquatint)
3745577 El Sueno De La Razon Produce Monstruos (The Dream of Reason Produces Monsters), 1799 (etching & aquatint) by Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (1746-1828); 32x22 cm; Manchester Art Gallery

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th Century (Oil on canvas)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th Century (Oil on canvas)
7393535 The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th Century (Oil on canvas) by Heemskerk, Egbert van the Elder (1634/5-1704); 54 x 40, 6 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on wood)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on wood)
7393516 The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on wood) by Stevens, Pieter (1567-1624); 56, 5 x 99, 7 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Fafner or Dragon (wrought iron)

Fafner or Dragon (wrought iron)
MAN430870 Fafner or Dragon (wrought iron) by Japanese School, (19th century); Manchester Art Gallery, UK; (add.info.: Fafner, or Fafnir)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Taira Ghosts Attacking Yoshitsune's Ship, 1843-1845 (woodblock print)

The Taira Ghosts Attacking Yoshitsune's Ship, 1843-1845 (woodblock print)
7394087 The Taira Ghosts Attacking Yoshitsune's Ship, 1843-1845 (woodblock print) by Kuniyoshi, Ichiyusai (1797-1861); 32.5x67.9 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Dragon-handled sauceboat, c. 1750 (phosphatic porcelain)

Dragon-handled sauceboat, c. 1750 (phosphatic porcelain)
7394061 Dragon-handled sauceboat, c.1750 (phosphatic porcelain) by Bow Porcelain Factory (c.1747-76) ; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th Century (Oil on wood)

The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th Century (Oil on wood)
7393521 The Temptation of Saint Anthony, 17th Century (Oil on wood) by Borcht, Lazarus van der (1580-1627); 18, 5 x 24, 5 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Author-explorer Schenchzer meeting a dragon in the Swiss Alps

Author-explorer Schenchzer meeting a dragon in the Swiss Alps, after a drawing from his book Routes in the Swiss Alps
878609 Author-explorer Schenchzer meeting a dragon in the Swiss Alps, after a drawing from his book Routes in the Swiss Alps, written 1702-1711. From The Strand Magazine published 1897

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Man being eaten by a sea serpent. Illustration found on the margin of a map prepared by Olaus Magnus

Man being eaten by a sea serpent. Illustration found on the margin of a map prepared by Olaus Magnus
878576 Man being eaten by a sea serpent. Illustration found on the margin of a map prepared by Olaus Magnus, 15th century Swedish geographer. From The Strand Magazine published 1897

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Nikushi the Frog Spirit Conjures up a Magical Battle of Frogs at Tateyama in Etchū Province

Nikushi the Frog Spirit Conjures up a Magical Battle of Frogs at Tateyama in Etchū Province, 1864 (woodblock print)
7394134 Nikushi the Frog Spirit Conjures up a Magical Battle of Frogs at Tateyama in Etchū Province, 1864 (woodblock print) by Yoshitora, Utagawa (fl.c.1836-87); 55.8x34.8 cm; Ashmolean Museum

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Calligraphic dragon head, 2nd half of the 17th century-1st half of the 18th century (brass)

Calligraphic dragon head, 2nd half of the 17th century-1st half of the 18th century (brass)
7394077 Calligraphic dragon head, 2nd half of the 17th century-1st half of the 18th century (brass) by Indian School, (17th century); Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Okabe: the story of the cat stone, 1845 (woodblock print)

Okabe: the story of the cat stone, 1845 (woodblock print)
7394128 Okabe: the story of the cat stone, 1845 (woodblock print) by Kuniyoshi, Ichiyusai (1797-1861); 55.6x40.2 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The Paradise, The creation of Adam and Eve (Left panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights)

The Paradise, The creation of Adam and Eve (Left panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights), 1503-1504 (oil on panel)
JLJ4596516 The Paradise, The creation of Adam and Eve (Left panel of The Garden of Earthly Delights), 1503-1504 (oil on panel) by Bosch, Hieronymus (c.1450-1516); Prado, Madrid

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Art. The Public and Private Life of Animals, by french caricaturist Jean Jacques Grandville

Art. The Public and Private Life of Animals, by french caricaturist Jean Jacques Grandville
3434606 Art. The Public and Private Life of Animals, by french caricaturist Jean Jacques Grandville. Poster for a fascicule's edition, France, 1842 (poster); (add.info.: Art. Coll. Part. Art)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: The priest frees the monkey, snake and tiger from the well, 1935, (natural pigments on paper)

The priest frees the monkey, snake and tiger from the well, 1935, (natural pigments on paper)
7146131 The priest frees the monkey, snake and tiger from the well, 1935, (natural pigments on paper) by Gelgel, Ida Bagus (1900-1937); Puri Lukisan Museum, Ubud, Bali

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Perseus freeing Andromeda, 1510-15 circa, (oil and tempera on wood)

Perseus freeing Andromeda, 1510-15 circa, (oil and tempera on wood)
7146527 Perseus freeing Andromeda, 1510-15 circa, (oil and tempera on wood) by Cosimo, Piero di (c.1462-1521); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Perseus freeing Andromeda)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Head of Satyr

Head of Satyr
7146473 Head of Satyr by Buonarroti, Michelangelo (1475-1564) (after); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Head of Satyr, after Michelangelo Buonarroti (attr)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Story of Gideon, late 16th century (silk and wool)

Story of Gideon, late 16th century (silk and wool)
CUL4905034 Story of Gideon, late 16th century (silk and wool) by Heemskerck, Maerten van (1498-1574); 371x481 cm; Museo Diocesano, Albarracin, Teruel

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Deva, Quang Nam provinc, 9th century AD (sandstone)

Deva, Quang Nam provinc, 9th century AD (sandstone)
3930217 Deva, Quang Nam provinc, 9th century AD (sandstone) by Champa Civilisation, (2nd-17th century); Cham Museum, Danang, Vietnam; Photo © Stefano Baldini

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Anubis mosaic, end of 2nd century AD

Anubis mosaic, end of 2nd century AD
7129281 Anubis mosaic, end of 2nd century AD by Roman, (2nd century); Museo della Citta, Rimini, Italy; (add.info.: Anubis mosaic, end of 2nd century AD, from via Fratelli Bandiera in Rimini)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Perseus with the Head of Medusa, c. 1800 (marble)

Perseus with the Head of Medusa, c. 1800 (marble)
3914204 Perseus with the Head of Medusa, c.1800 (marble) by Canova, Antonio (1757-1822); Vatican Museums and Galleries, Vatican City; Photo © Stefano Baldini

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Perseus rescueing Andromeda, 1554 (bronze)

Perseus rescueing Andromeda, 1554 (bronze)
7146194 Perseus rescueing Andromeda, 1554 (bronze) by Cellini, Benvenuto (1500-71); Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Perseus rescueing Andromeda, 1554)

Background imageMonstruous Collection: Monsters from the Land of Merkites described by Marco Polo. Miniature taken from ' The Book of

Monsters from the Land of Merkites described by Marco Polo. Miniature taken from " The Book of Wonders"
GIA4813029 Monsters from the Land of Merkites described by Marco Polo. Miniature taken from " The Book of Wonders" (" Devisement of the World")



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"Monstrous Encounters: From Ancient Myths to Modern Temptations" Step into a world where the line between reality and imagination blurs, as monstrous beings come alive on canvas, wood, and even in our dreams. The art pieces showcased here depict an array of terrifying creatures that have captivated artists throughout history. In "The Temptation of Saint Anthony (Oil on canvas), " we witness the saint's struggle against grotesque demons who tempt him with their sinister allure. Their twisted forms and eerie expressions serve as a reminder of the constant battle between good and evil. "The Evil Spirits of the Modern Daily Press (colour litho)" transports us to a different kind of monster - one created by sensationalism and manipulation. This thought-provoking artwork highlights how media can distort truth, turning ordinary events into monstrous tales that haunt our collective consciousness. Diving deeper into the depths, "A diver attacked by an octopus (colour litho)" portrays a thrilling encounter with nature's own monstrosity. The tentacles wrap around the diver like serpents from another realm, reminding us of both fascination and fear towards unknown creatures lurking beneath the surface. Moving back in time to ancient mythology, "The abduction of Amymone by the sea monster" captures a moment frozen in eternal struggle. Here we see Amymone being snatched away by a fearsome creature from Greek legends - its scaly body intertwining with her fragile form. In "Perseus and Andromeda, " heroism takes center stage as Perseus battles against an enormous sea serpent threatening to devour his beloved Andromeda. With sword raised high, he embodies courage in facing this monstrous foe head-on. Venturing further into nightmares is "The Dream of the Doctor. " In this haunting engraving, fantastical beasts torment a sleeping doctor whose mind becomes fertile ground for nightmarish visions. It serves as a reminder that even in our dreams, monsters can lurk.