The Cornell University Library has put together a wonderful online collection of the fantastic in art. Categories include angels & demons, danse macabre, weird science, bestiary, the marvelous, the grotesque, possession & insanity, fantastic space, and freaks monsters & prodigies. They currently have 295 pics up.
Here’s the entry for Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire Infernal. They only include a handful of images.
From their website:
In the context of western literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, The Fantastic involves dread, fear and anxiety in the face of phenomena that escape rational explanation, or that reveal the notion of reality to be no more than a construct. A fantastic experience can therefore be likened to the breaking or shattering of a frame. While the literary fantastic is limited to the last 200 years, the Fantastic in art can be construed more broadly. This elasticity allowed us to choose images from works spanning a period from medieval manuscripts and printed incunabulae, to the early twentieth century.
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