|Great artists have been moved to put their images of
evil on canvas.
Goya, in his "Third of May, 1808," through his powerful
use of color, concentrates the viewer's attention on the slaughter, excluding
everything that is irrelevant. One knows instantly that the victim is good
and innocent, while the shooters represent evil.
Picasso's "Guernica" (detail at left), considered by many
to be his greatest masterpiece, powerfully conveys the horror felt by residents
of an ancient Basque town almost completely destroyed--for no military
purpose but to demoralize the civilian population--by a German air raid
on April 27, 1937.