Art in general has benefited greatly from the depiction of this tool; it has become an icon in classic painting on the level of the Lute and the chess set, items that get popped in for colour in hundreds and hundreds of artworks. It's a case of instant drama; that thing in the scene that automatically implies that razor's edge between death and life, and the contrast it adds in a scene of joy or fun is amusing...like, "yep, I'm having fun, but I could open you like a piñata. They're also wonderful in Movies! THE MARK OF ZORRO, with Tyrone Power, or THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, with the afore-mentioned Flynn? Magical and exciting fun.
Here are a few of my fave sword images.