Terrifying Paintings at the Vatican?
June 27, 2012 12:03 AM Subscribe
Is there a secret gallery at The Vatican of terrifying images of Christian idols?
posted by dargerpartridge to Religion & Philosophy (10 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
About a year or so ago, I stumbled across a link of images from a gallery, that I think was in Vatican City, but it's hard to remember where exactly. I remember it so vividly because I was going through a pretty rough patch in my life around that time and the images were quite provocative for me at the time when I was thinking about the duality of religious symbolism. Anyway, the images were basically paintings of various figures in Christianity like The Virgin Mary, but they were terrifying looking, almost like demons. The article I read said something about how they were meant to elicit deeply spiritual feelings through the power of fear and respect. I haven't thought to look at the images again until now, but now I'm curious. This all might have been a parody, but I don't think so, the paintings looked pretty real. I wanna say they were in The Vatican in some basement according to the article, but I can't remember. Does anybody know what I'm talking about?