Growing up, I feel like we had an edition of the Bible with Gustave Doré’s illustrations. I remember loving these illustrations as a youngster (probably partially because of the nekke’d people. Scandal!) but also they were so detailed and beautiful. Revisiting them now they create a weird combination of nostalgia and awe in me. Doré was an amazing artist; a master of black and white composition.
Check out his illustrations for Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. It’s like something out of Maxfield Parrish’s nightmares.