Poster The Medusa raft
This print is the reproduction of the work painted in 1819 by Théodore Géricault (1791-1824) The Medusa raft.
This masterpiece belongs to the Louvre Museum.
This masterpiece by Géricault is one of these works that are so famous that their story has now disappeared behind the artistic prowess.
This enormous canvas (nearly 5m high and 7 meters wide) is actually inspired from a true story, a shipwreck in 1816. The story of this shipwreck was retold by one of the survivors and published in the Journal des Débats. It provoked a sensational scandal, followed by a trial in 1817.
The frigate named Méduse was sailing to Senegal in June 1816 when it run aground on the Arguin bank. The passengers built a raft, where they managed to cram 149 people. After 12 days of navigation, they were found by the Argus, but only around 15 passengers were still alive.
It is this moment of the story that Géricault chose to represent, after many hesitations that originated several preliminary studies.
- Dimensions :
- 50 x 70 cm
- Museum :
- Musée du Louvre
- EAN :
- Reference :
- Museum of Conservation :
- Paris, musée du Louvre
- Author :
- Théodore Gericault