This course explores the vibrant and subversive role of the grotesque in the visual arts from 1500 to the present day. The grotesque comprises an alternate image tradition that is often overlooked, or even actively suppressed. This course will explore the distinct strands of the grotesque: witty and inspired improvisation, from Michelangelo to Picasso; rowdy and subversive carnivalesque, from Bruegel to Hogarth to DeKooning; and the monstrous and uncanny, from Bosch to Goya to Kahlo.