For centuries and throughout the world, the archetype of the vampire has been perpetuated. Today, vampires are celebrated as seducers—the vixens of True Blood
and the fated lovers in Twilight
. Perhaps it is this long-lived fascination with the legend that caused patrons of the 1913 Armory to wrongfully interpret Edvard Munch
’s painting of a man and woman in embrace, Love and Pain
, as depicting a vampire with her lover. Despite Munch’s insistence
that it was “just a woman kissing a man on the neck,” the painting has been retitled The Vampire
ever since. The video at right opens with Vampire
, among other haunting Munch works.