Heavy with symbolism, the eye has appeared as an iconic element in art and religion for thousands of years, from the Eye of Horus in ancient Egypt to floating nightmare globes in surrealist photography and film. This import we attach to the eye makes it a common target for modern body horror – small wonder the eye-cutting scene in 1929’s Un Chien Andalou still ranks as one of the top 25 most shocking scenes in film. Just to start your week off with a little dark twist, here is a gallery of 30 classic works of art featuring that symbolic orb, the eye. If you suffer from ommetaphobia, darlings (the intense fear of eyes), click no further. For the rest of you, enjoy!
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Categories: Art & Inspiration
That scene in Un Chien Andalou is still terrifying. There’s something very essential and vulnerable about our little “windows to the soul.”
Disturbing stuff. ❤
Sometimes those classic scenes lose their ability to generate horror over time, as we become inured to them. That scene, though… *shivers*
The eyes have it!
If this post is wrong, eye don’t want to be right.
OMG OMG OMG I LOOKED FOR ONE SECOND AND IT WAS TOO MUCH SOMEONE HELP ME
Darling, I did warn you not to look. I know how delicate you are.
Oddly, I have never suffered from ommetaphobia until just now…
Good to know that we are fulfilling our charter here at TYoH.
The Man Ray photos are quite equisite
They are fabulous. When I was last in Paris, there was a tremendous Man Ray exhibit at MAGP that made me a believer.
Its such powerful imagery! We speak so much more through our eyes than anything else, it shows our truest self.
And no wonder it is a frequent subject of horror – for some, what could be more terrifying?
OMG that is the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen. I’m going to go die now..
Now I’m glad I didn’t post the eye pics I thought were *too* graphic.
Reblogged this on shadesofgay and commented:
Interesting … and my next installment of Soulless comes next, I promise, just had to share this…
Hooray – reblogged! 😉