Painting: Norandino and Lucina Discovered by the Ogre, by Giovanni Lanfranco
Ogres (feminine: ogress) are large monsters, often portrayed as cruel and hideous (as the word denotes). Ogres are often depicted in fairy tales and folklore as feeding on human beings, and have appeared in many classic works of literature. In art, ogres are often depicted with a large head, abundant hair and beard, a huge belly, and a strong body. The term is often applied in a metaphorical sense to disgusting persons who exploit, brutalize or devour their victims.