Theodore Gericault turned a tragic event, into a visual display of government incompetence. In 1816, the French government exercised poor Judgment, by authorizing the unstable Medusa to set sail. The vessel crashed; leaving survivors to turn to cannibalistic means of survival.
Gericault captured the tragedy, titled “The Raft of the ‘Medusa” in Romantic style, long with compositional structure. The lifelike fgures in the painting show detailed anguish and grief; which, invokes despair in those who view it. The use of light and shade emphasizes drama throughout the painting. along with compositional structure. The lifelike figures in the painting show detailed