Art and assassination: Notorious stories of murdered, and murderous, artists

The age-old marriage of crime and creativity

Stars Insider

30/01/23 | StarsInsider


Genius and madness seem to overlap quite frequently, especially in the art world. Many of history's most visionary creatives lived fearlessly loyal to themselves, regardless of the enemies it might have made them. Tragically, these enemies frequently turned into assailants. Sometimes, even, the artists themselves became murderers. Indeed, whether in the name of passion, of madness, or simply of art, murder is no stranger to the art world.

From Renaissance masters to modern-day performance artists, some of the world's greatest artistic talents became the victims or perpetrators of humanity's darkest act. Read on to learn about some of the greatest artists whose lives were haunted by murder.

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