The Raft of the Medusa by Théodore Géricault: Great Art Explained

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This is the story about the painting of the raft that shook the world and scandalised high society. Not only for its anti-royalist statements but also for its choice of a black man as the hero. In an age of slavery.

In its brutality, realism, and raw emotion it captures the essence of a historic event that shocked the French public, a Revolution-weary public that was not easy to shock. The story behind the painting is as devastating as the desperation on canvas.

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Thanks to Bart Vergouwe for Dutch Subtitles.
Thanks to Charles Xue for the Chinese subtitles

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The Raft of the Medusa – Albert Alhedeff
Gericault: his life and works – Lorenz Eitner
Medusa – Jonathan Miles
Wreck of the Medusa – Alexander McKee


Theodore Gericault – Aengus Dewar

”Theme” music: JS Bach “Sonata for violin solo No.1 in G Minor”

The Raft of the Medusa, Louvre museum, Paris is in the public domain

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