art history4 - Theodore Gericault Raft of the Medusa 1818...

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Theodore Gericault Raft of the Medusa 1818 • Recounts the historical event of the French frigate Medusa crashing into a reef. Only 15 of the 150 passengers survived • Departure from Gericault’s trend of neoclassicism • Comments on the practice of slavery Theodore Gericault Insane woman (envy) 1822 • Gericault did a study of the mental states on the human face, believing that it accurately revealed character. • These portraits present the psychic facts with astonishing authenticity. • Truth: goal of romantic artists Eugene Delacroix Death of Sardanapalus 1826 • The painting does not illustrate the test by which it was inspired, lord byrons poem Sardanapalus • Depicts the last hour of the Assyrian king who received news of his armies defeat and his enemy’s entry into the city. • Instead of a suicide, like in the poem, Delacroix paints an orgiastic destruction scene Eugene Delacroix Liberty leading the people 1830 • Depicts the allegorical personification of liberty defiantly thrusting forth the republics
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