Ten Very Disturbing Pieces of Art to Prepare You for the Apocalypse

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Aurora by Remedios Varo

6.) Aurora by Remedios Varo
While this piece is more Tim Burton spook than a fire and brimstone freakout, I like this window into the spirit world. It's inspiring. It makes me think that in the afterlife we'll all be surrealist steampunk designed well-to-dos, ripped from the pages of Ruben Toledo's Style Dictionary. I supposed we could do that now, while we're alive, but it seems like too much work.

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© 2012 Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. / ARS, New York / DACS, London

5.) Figure with Meat, by Francis Bacon
Behold, the slaughterhouse. The pope. The morbidity of the color pallet. While this painting doesn't signify a biblical prophecy, it also isn't boring. In fact, it's downright creepy as all get-out and it always makes me think of this scene in Batman.

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The Last Judgement, a triptych by Hans Memling

4.) The Last Judgement, by Hans Memling
Pop the soda top and chug down this cool, refreshing can of damnation. Memling paints a great demon, and maximizes their torture abilities by giving them hand feet. See that little guy on the lower right in the Hell side of the triptych? He's choking one soul out with his foot while using his hands to whack another with a pole. Now that's multitasking.

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3.) Saturn Devouring his own Son, by Francisco Goya
Part of the "The Black Paintings," a private collection of very morbid, for-his-eyes-only work is this, which goes all Roman mythological on you. Gods have to watch their backs, you know? They can't just have tiny versions of themselves running around, waiting for the right moment to gain power. So, they must be stopped. And in this case, gobbled up. And you think holidays with your family are tense?

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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
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The Bosch, hands down.  He captured surreal visions in a way that wouldn't be seen until four centuries later.

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