Friday, June 28, 2013

Le Radeau de la Méduse

Turning to the other thing that prompted this blog category (don't worry, I'll come back to the Sawaya exhibit), the BrickPirate contest inspired Captainsmog to make a LEGO version of Le Radeau de la Méduse. Théodore Géricault created this huge (5 meters by 7 meters!) oil painting in 1818-1819. It's based on a shipwreck that occurred in 1816, so the connection to current events caused a stir when it was first displayed at the Paris Salon, an influential annual art show at the Académie des Beaux-Arts. This work, seen as very influential on the Romantic school of French painting, is on display at the Louvre.

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