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Before the invention of photography, mankind recorded its most frightening historical events via paintings. Such paintings often romanticized struggles, or else presented the scenes in distorted ways, to further convey the terror experienced at the time by our ancestors. This list features the ten most disturbing paintings that depict historical atrocities and disasters from the…

a not-do-subtle effort to cater to the growing popularity of Pinterest, Toptenz will be attempting more articles based on image-focused lists that also look to teach and inspire. Sure, we’ll have our standard lists about the bizarre, food and “Why Batman and Teddy Roosevelt are Similar” but we hope you will find these simple lists…

While most people think of superheroes when they hear the term “comic books,” it turns out that one of the most popular and resilient comic genres revolves around non-supervillainy crime.  Dating back to the early 20th century, crime comics have been a mainstay of the medium. Suave private eyes, pulp anti-hero avengers, and neo-noir police procedurals…

If you have been following Toptenz.net you might know that we publish our fair share of comic book related lists. I still find time to see what’s going on at the Xavier’s School for Mutants, The Daily Planet and the Avenger’s Mansion when I can. Rather than publish just another comic book list, (we seem…

In a market dominated by superheroes, it’s easy to forget that, once upon a time, there were a plethora of other genres that enjoyed great popularity. One of these was the war comic genre. Though they originated in the 1930s, the war comics genre exploded in the wake of World War II. Tales of impossibly…

Nothing is more subjective than art. Is it a masterpiece, or is it an eyesore? Here’s a list of 10 great sculptures that have become emblems of their environments. Most are big pieces in public places, rather than roped-off works in admission-only sculpture gardens. If you haven’t seen them in person, your opinion of them…

Great art takes time. Da Vinci worked on the Mona Lisa for four years. Each list here at TopTenz is handcrafted over a period of months by elite list writing artisans deep in the Swiss Alps. And while the following works aren’t as illustrious, they all required at least 1000 hours of labour from their…

Artwork drawn out of pure affection for some pop culture has a negative reputation, mainly being considered rank “amateur.” While it’s true that there are many that are more suitable for putting on a fridge than putting on public display through the internet, there are many amazing pieces out there at least as good as…

The iPad is one of the single most popular consumer products in the history of civilization.  As of the end of 2011, it sold over 55 million units between the iPad 1 and the iPad 2.  The release of the iPad 3 last month overwhelmed the tech world, with three million copies sold in the…

There is something about famous paintings that sends the human mind into a world of self-imagination.  Before cameras were invented, master painters were in high demand because self-portraits were the only way to capture a lasting image.  In modern times, it can be a lengthy process for a painting to be authenticated.  Luckily, modern techniques…