Artwork Explained #5: The Raft of the Medusa
Updated: Sep 22, 2020
This past Monday, after nearly four months of closures, the Louvre opened its doors to the public again. In honor of this reopening, I thought we'd take a deep dive into one of the most iconic paintings in the museum's collections (which also happens to be one of my favorite works in the place): Théodore Géricault's Raft of the Medusa.
We'll look at the work in terms of its place in the history of art, its composition, its subject, and the historical context of both the painting at the story that it tells. Buckle up, we're going for a ride!
The usual reminder: the primary venue for this content is the stories feature on my Instagram page. All of the virtual visits will be saved in my story highlights. The purpose of the blog posts is to allow a greater audience (especially those without social media accounts) to benefit from the same content.
For more on the subject of this painting, check out my corresponding Instagram post here.