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)|
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?