In 1889, Franz von Stuck completed a painting that he titled “The Wild Hunt,” which is sometimes referred to as “The Wild Chase.” In the artwork, a mustachioed man with the likeness of Adolf Hitler is seen atop a horse in the center of the work, and in the background is a catastrophe. According to Vintage News, the man in the piece was von Stuck’s depiction of the Germanic God, Wotan.
But in the 1930s, people started to see the similarity between von Stuck’s Wotan and the up-and-coming politician named Adolf Hitler. The revelation led to a lot of speculation, and many saw the painting as a tell-tale sign of what was to come when Hitler’s reign of terror changed the history of Germany. His leadership might have come with a swift change that strengthened the country’s economic progress, but it also came with the brutal Nazis, concentration camps, and rampant anti-Semitism (via History Hit). A lot of researchers indicate that the darkness in “The Wild Hunt” foresaw the Third Reich. And coincidently, the art was created the same year Hitler (pictured above) entered the world. Was it was an eerie prediction or a random coincidence? We might never know.