The Raft of the Medusa

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The Raft of the Medusa is an oil painting of 1818–1819 by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault (1791–1824). Completed when the artist was just 27, the work has become an icon of French Romanticism. At 491 cm × 716 cm (193.3 in × 282.3 in), it is an over-life-size painting that depicts a moment from the aftermath of the wreck of the French naval frigate Méduse, which ran aground off the coast of today's Mauritania on July 5, 1816.

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  • The painting has slipped history's anchor. This is no longer "Scene of Shipwreck", let alone "The Raft of the Medusa." We don't just imagine the ferocious miseries on that fatal machine; we don't just become the sufferers.

    Julian BarnesA History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters (Page 137)

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