The appeal of Satanism in art....?

The Satanic has always motivated artists. Aubrey Beardsley was called the "Fra Angelico of Satanism", and his art has a decadent, satirical feel that may deserve the description of Satanic. Likewise the art of Beresford Egan and Alistair. The great, Satanic novel of the late 19th century was J.K.... show more The Satanic has always motivated artists.

Aubrey Beardsley was called the "Fra Angelico of Satanism", and his art has a decadent, satirical feel that may deserve the description of Satanic. Likewise the art of Beresford Egan and Alistair.

The great, Satanic novel of the late 19th century was J.K. Huysman's "Au Rebours". Aleister Crowley was an amateur artist, and revelled in Satanic themes. He also chose Lady Frieda Harris to provide Satanic-inspired illustrations to his Thoth Tarot deck.

As much as Christianity has inspired art, it would appear that Satanism also has its inspirational power. What do you think the reason for this is? Is it true religious impulse, or the desire to provide a shock to the sensibilities?
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