What Is The Best Work of Art Ever Made?


In an interview last week I was asked, 'What do you think the best work of art ever made is?'

The Raft of Medusa (1818–1819)
I was surprised by being posed such a difficult question as it's virtually impossible to specify one piece, however I felt it was better to offer a response and settled on The Raft of Medusa (1818–1819) by the French Romantic painter and lithographer Théodore Géricault. I saw the painting in Le Louvre a couple of years ago and found it to be absolutely breathtaking.

It measures a staggering 491 x 716 cm and depicts the tragic aftermath of the wreck of French Naval Ship, The Medusa.  The extraordinary power of the painting and the technical genius are intensified by the fact that Géricault was only 27 years old when he painted it. Five years later, aged only 32, poor Géricault died from tuberculosis.

I came across this post by Steve Durbin which is an excellent account of the painting and the story behind it.

If you were asked to consider the best work of art ever made, what would it be and why?

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