The Raft of La Méduse

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The Raft of La Méduse is an oil painting on canvas, painted between 1818 and 1819 by the French romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault (1791-1824). Its initial title, given by Géricault during his first presentation, is Scène d' un naufrage. The original painting, very large (491 cm high and 716 cm wide), represents a tragic episode in the history of the French navy: the sinking of the frigate Medusa, which ran aground on a sandbank off the coast of present-day Mauritania on 2 July 1816. At least 147 people were held on a makeshift raft on the surface of the water, and only 15 people embarked on 17 July on board L' Argus, a boat that had come to rescue them. Five people die shortly after their arrival in Saint-Louis, Senegal, after having endured hunger, dehydration, madness and even cannibalism. The event became an international scandal, in part because a French captain serving the newly restored monarchy was blamed for the disaster because of his incompetence.


Dimensions
Height: 75 cm
Width: 95 cm
Origin: 1819. Paris, Louvre Museum
Artist: Théodore Géricault, 1791-1824, France
Engraver: Alphonse-Alexandre Leroy, 1821-1902, France
Provenance: Second Empire (1851-1870) - Order of the First Empire. Gift of the Imperial Library in 1866. Gift of the Imperial Library in 1866
Engraving date: 1883
Technique: etching and chiselling
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The Raft of La Méduse

The Raft of La Méduse is an oil painting on canvas, painted between 1818 and 1819 by the French romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault (1791-1824). Its initial title, given by Géricault during his first presentation, is Scène d' un naufrage. The original painting, very large (491 cm high and 716 cm wide), represents a tragic episode in the history of the French navy: the sinking of the frigate Medusa, which ran aground on a sandbank off the coast of present-day Mauritania on 2 July 1816. At least 147 people were held on a makeshift raft on the surface of the water, and only 15 people embarked on 17 July on board L' Argus, a boat that had come to rescue them. Five people die shortly after their arrival in Saint-Louis, Senegal, after having endured hunger, dehydration, madness and even cannibalism. The event became an international scandal, in part because a French captain serving the newly restored monarchy was blamed for the disaster because of his incompetence.


Dimensions
Height: 75 cm
Width: 95 cm
Origin: 1819. Paris, Louvre Museum
Artist: Théodore Géricault, 1791-1824, France
Engraver: Alphonse-Alexandre Leroy, 1821-1902, France
Provenance: Second Empire (1851-1870) - Order of the First Empire. Gift of the Imperial Library in 1866. Gift of the Imperial Library in 1866
Engraving date: 1883
Technique: etching and chiselling
Editor:rmngp

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