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Great art explained: The Raft of the Medusa

Credit: Jean Louis Théodore Géricault – The Raft of the Medusa (Museo Del Louvre, 1818-19); via Wikipedia

The unrecognized genius

Do you know which is the second most popular painting in the Louvre museum, second only to Mona Lina? If not, maybe you could guess the painter? Well, it's not Raphael, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, or Delacroix, neither is Titian, Dürer, or some modernist painter. It is a painter who was recognized posthumously and died at the early age of 32. It gets even more intriguing because the picture depicts a true story of a shipwreck, and was a scandalous piece of art at the time.


Théodore Géricault

Yes, that is Théodore Géricault and the painting - The Raft of the Medusa.Théodore Géricault was part of the Romanticism movement in France at the beginning of the 19th century and a contemporary and friend of the arguably most famous painter from the French Romantic movement - Eugene Delacroix. Géricault was an artistic rebel. He opposed the aesthetic and thematic standards, which were regarded as acceptable by the French Salon. If you want to learn more about this masterpiece painting and the awe-inspiring story behind it, below you can enjoy the marvelous story and analysis made by James Payne.

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