Dark History - Ben Turner

Dark History shows representations of the darkest times throughout world history, as well dark artwork and how it has progressed through the times in painting, sculptures, and other art forms.

This particular piece of artwork is called Blind Man in Belsen and it was done in 1947 by Alan Moore. Alan Moore was a war artist and he drew what he saw. This is after a concentration camp was liberated but not before many people had died. This is a really dark piece as it shows the death that came in the war with these concentration camps. There is hardly any color at all.
This is a picture taken by Irish photographer Timothy H. O'Sullivan of the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. This was taken in July of 1863 and it just shows the terribleness of the Civil War. Dead Confederate bodies are just laying on the ground all over the battlefield. This puts an emphasis on the casualties in the American Civil War.
This is a photograph taken by Alexander Gardner in 1863 of the aftermath of what is know as the bloodiest battle of the entire Civil War, Antietam. This shows corpses strewn about on the battlefield. This is another great example of the emphasis placed on the casualties of the Civil War and really how bad it was.
This is an oil painting done in 1876 by Winslow Homer. It shows two black women carrying baskets of cotton. In the days of slavery, cotton picking is what a lot of slaves did. Even after slavery was abolished, many slaves had a hard time getting on their feet. Many of them stayed and worked for their previous owners, just as free people. There is not a whole lot of color in this painting and most of it is dark shades.
This is a painting done by James Gleeson in 1945 called The Citadel. This painting shows a bunch of entrails like intestines and orifices and they all look to be in agonizing pain. This is supposed to represent the chaos the world was thrown in when World War II started. It is supposed to represent how horrific war really is.
This is a copy of a painting done by Henry Hope Crealock. It shows a battle between the British and the people in India. India was under British control and the Indian forces who worked for the British forces, turned on their officers and caused a widespread rebellion. It really puts an emphasis on the British and how it looks like they are winning because the rebellion was eventually unsuccessful. This was a dark time in history for India.
This piece of artwork called the Adoration of the Magi is a stained-glass window by an unknown artist. Stained-glass artwork was really popular in churches. They usually depicted stories from the Bible and other spiritual things. This particular piece has a lot of black in it. This is also and extremely rare piece of stained- glass since the stained-glass where it came from was mostly destroyed.
This painting was the masterpiece of Giovanni Bellini done around the year 1480. It depicts St. Francis out in the wilderness when he steps outside and light from heaven comes down and shines on him. The light comes on the upper left and emits rays down onto St. Francis. There is movement in this piece with the viewer following the sunlight down to St. Francis.It also has a sense of Unity because it feels like everything works together and makes it complete.
This painting was done by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the year 1815. It is a painting of a gothic church near the water. There are also several riders on horseback riding that way. The painting is almost completely dark with the exception of the rising sun behind the church. There is a heavy emphasis on the church as it is the standout object in this painting.
This piece of artwork is a photograph of a sculpture done by Charles Negre in 1853 in Paris. It is a picture of a sculpture of a gargoyle called the Vampire. The sculpture is not the only piece of artwork though. You have all the gothic architecture of the balcony up the wall and you have the man posing behind the Vampire and it is all over-looking Paris. It is several pieces of artwork in one. There is a strong emphasis on the Vampire but it does not keep it solely on that because there is a Unity between all the artwork that gives us a feeling that this is a very complete photograph.
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