The golden age of the renaissance brought with it many positive societal developments and a renewed focus on creating art and craft. Even among this progress the mystery and theater of great dark art was not lost to time. Many artists and craftsman refused to create only what their patrons expected, in fact many showed that art could be used for so much more deep inquiry.
The questions of faith, origin and mortality still remained in these renaissance artists minds. The culmination of skill, new materials and knowledge of the physical world propelled these artists to new heights within western art. Today we are featuring some of our favorite artworks from this time period and beyond which evoke that dark side of the renaissance.
Salvator Rosa, the 17th-century master's painting depicts demonic figures and witchcraft rituals. Rosa was known to choose his own subjects in defiance to his patrons.