Thursday, August 23, 2007

ARTHYPE: The Raft Of The Medusa

From Wikipedia:
The Raft of the Medusa (French: Le Radeau de la Méduse) is a work by the French painter Théodore Géricault, and one of the icons of French Romanticism. An extremely large painting (491 × 717 cm), it was highly controversial at its first appearance in the Salon of 1819, attracting passionate praise and condemnation. The painting depicts the desperate survivors of the French frigate Medusa, which gained notoriety when it struck the Bank of Arguin off the coast of Senegal in 1816, and their first moment of apparent rescue.

Apparent rescue is right -- the suffering of these unfortunates is not yet near an end. And by the time it is over, they have been through one of the great tragedies of seafaring. Read the book, you WILL NOT BELIEVE IT:

Wreck of the Medusa: The Tragic Story of the Death Raft

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