Art Spotlight: Ryckaert's Demons


"The Demons" by David Ryckaert III. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty

If you've noticed reduced blog content around her lately, that's because I've decided to refocus some of that time and energy towards writing articles for HowStuffWorks.com. For instance, I just finished up "What's the largest snake that has ever existed?" and I'm currently working on something about demons and sleep paralysis.

That's how I ran across the featured painting here, "The Demons" by David Ryckaert III (1612 - 1661) of the Flemish Ryckaert family of artists. Or at least Getty Images identifies it by that title. I've also seen it referenced as "The Dance of the Leprechauns" (La Ronde des farfadets), though the creatures certainly appear surrealistically demonic. If they're indeed leprechauns, then they've more in keeping with the dangerous spirit folk of Irish mythology rather than anything you'll find on a Saint Patrick's Day drink coaster.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.