This is a list of art works which are related to madness or insanity or lunacy. If you are presenting a unit on mental illness, these would offer interesting counterpoints.
Blakelock, Ralph Albert. â€œMoonlight Sonataâ€ 1892 an early painting, Blakelock spent many years in an asylum, still painting
Charcot, Jean Martin Photographs of Hysterical Women 1887-8
Cranach, Lucas â€œThe Melancholyâ€ 1588
Degas, Edgar â€œMelancholyâ€ 1874
Durer, Albrecht â€œMelancholyâ€ 1514
Eakins, Thomas â€œRetrospectionâ€ 1880 Possibly modeled on a sketch of an insane patient in a manuscript belonging to John Kearsley Mitchell that Eakins borrowed around that time.
Fetti, Domenico â€œMelancholyâ€ 1622 This is the painting pictured above.
Goya, Francisco â€œYard with Lunaticsâ€ 1793-4
Hogarth, William â€œThe Interior of Bedlamâ€ from The Rakeâ€™s Progress 1763
Munch, Edvard â€œMelancholyâ€ 1896 (woodcut) Man staring off into a landscape
Munch, Edvard â€œMelancholyâ€ 1899 (oil) Woman sitting in her house
Pinel, Phillippe â€œReleasing Lunatics from Their Chains at the Bicetre Asylum in Parisâ€ 1793
Pinel, Phillippe â€œReleasing Lunatics from their Chains at the Salpetriere Asylum in Paris in 1795â€
Repin, Ilya Yefimovich â€œPoprishchinâ€ 1882 painting of the main character from Nikolai Gogol’s â€œDiary of a Madman.” This work was the first to follow a madman through their diary.
Richer, Paul drawing series of mental patients in Salpetriere
Rosenthal, Toby Edward â€œElaineâ€ Elaine went mad from love and died. This is her bier. 1874
Vedder, Elihu (1836-1923) â€œThe Lost Mindâ€ a woman barefoot in the wilderness. Below is a photo of that painting by peterjr1961 off of flikr.
Collection of art through the ages which pictured insanity is on the blog Psychology and Practices for a Better World in Images of Madness.