|The Raft of the Medusa|
|Barque of Dante detail, and comparison w Raft of Medusa|
Its awesome terribilità has been a constant source of inspiration for generations to follow and continues to be, not to mention its unique composition for the time, and the revolutionary subject matter. The Raft of the Medusa was based on the real tragedy of a ship, Medusa that took place in 1816, two years before the painting was revealed in 1818. The tragedy, due to the nature of the event became a scandal in its day, and was a major news event. Gericault's painting was a massive, thoroughly researched depiction of the horrors of the incident. It set out to portray ordinary people , with ordinary lives in the face of an extraordinary tragedy thereby making, for the first time, common folk important subject matter.With no real ' heroes' or protagonists as was normal in historical paintings of the time, with 'humanity' being termed as the real hero by the artist himself; the painting successfully challenged many aesthetic rules that were taken for granted at the time, and set new rules for those to follow.
|Massacre of Chios, 1824, Delacroix|
The composition o the twin human pyramids, is inspired by similar composition in The Raft- which was considered groundbreaking at the time.
“We are all lost at sea, washed between hope and despair, hailing something that may never come to rescue us.”
That's lovely right?