The Wreck of the Medusa

The Wreck of the Medusa

Drawing on contemporaneously published accounts and journals of survivors, The Wreck of the Medusa is “a captivating gem about art’s relation to history” (Booklist) and ultimately “a thrilling read” (The Guardian).

Author: Jonathan Miles

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9781555848675

Category: History

Page: 320

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A “thrilling . . . captivating” account of the most famous shipwreck before the Titanic—a tragedy that inspired an unforgettable masterpiece of Western art (The Boston Globe). In June 1816, the Medusa set sail. Commanded by an incompetent captain, the frigate ran aground off the desolate West African coast. During the chaotic evacuation a privileged few claimed the lifeboats, while 147 men and one woman were herded aboard a makeshift raft that was soon cut loose by the boats that had pledged to tow it to safety. Those on the boats made it ashore and undertook a two-hundred-mile trek through the sweltering Sahara, but conditions were far worse on the drifting raft. Crazed, parched, and starving, the diminishing band fell into mayhem. When rescue arrived thirteen days later, only fifteen were alive. Among the handful of survivors were two men whose bestselling account of the maritime disaster scandalized Europe and inspired promising artist Théodore Géricault, who threw himself into a study of the Medusa tragedy, turning it into a vast canvas in his painting, The Raft of the Medusa. Drawing on contemporaneously published accounts and journals of survivors, The Wreck of the Medusa is “a captivating gem about art’s relation to history” (Booklist) and ultimately “a thrilling read” (The Guardian).
Categories: History

Derek Jarman s Angelic Conversations

Derek Jarman s Angelic Conversations

The title is the only allusion the play makes to the Géricault's dramatic painting of the survivors of the wreck of the Medusa off the coast of Senegal in 1816. After it ran aground, the ship's officers and their fami- lies took to the ...

Author: Jim Ellis

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816653126

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 329

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Categories: Performing Arts

Wreck of the Medusa

Wreck of the Medusa

“One of the strangest and most horrifying stories ever told.”—John Fowles, author of The French Lieutenant's Woman “First rate.”—Newsweek In July, 1816, a French frigate ran aground on a sandbar forty miles off the coast of ...

Author: Alexander McKee

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101666838

Category: History

Page: 48

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“One of the strangest and most horrifying stories ever told.”—John Fowles, author of The French Lieutenant's Woman “First rate.”—Newsweek In July, 1816, a French frigate ran aground on a sandbar forty miles off the coast of Africa. Forced to abandon ship, 150 men and women embarked on an overloaded makeshift raft. After twelve days of riots, mutiny, murder, and, ultimately, cannibalism, only fifteen were alive.
Categories: History



Shipwreck, mutiny, casting away, and the depredations of pirates have always caught the world's imagination. But the master story of disaster at sea will always be the wreck of the Medusa, an affair which shocked Europe as no similar ...





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The Raft of the Medusa

The Raft of the Medusa

Author: Albert Alhadeff

Publisher: Prestel Publishing

ISBN: UOM:39015056798328

Category: Black people in art

Page: 200

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Categories: Black people in art



Data referenced is taken from the research cited this paper. p 260 Details on Géricault's personal life were drawn from the following books: Miles's The Wreck of the Medusa, Athanassoglou-Kallmyer's Théodore Géricault, ...

Author: Tom de Freston

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 9781783786640

Category: Art

Page: 320

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Artist Tom de Freston has long had an obsession with Gricault's painting The Raft of the Medusa, and the troubling story behind its creation. The monumental canvas, which hangs in the Louvre, depicts a 19th century tragedy in which 150 people were drowned at sea on a raft lost in a stormy sea, when the ship Medusa was wrecked on shallow ground. When de Freston began making an artwork with Ali, a Syrian writer blinded by a bombing, The Raft's depiction of pain and suffering resonated powerfully with him, as did Gricault's awful life story. It spoke not only to Ali's story but to Tom's family history of trauma and anguish, offering him a passage out of the dark waters in which he found himself. In spellbinding, visceral prose, de Freston opens a window onto the magnetic frisson that runs between a past masterpiece and contemporary artistic endeavours. He asks powerful questions about how we might translate violence, fear and trauma into art, how we try to make sense of seemingly unthinkable acts, and the value in facing and depicting the darkest horrors.
Categories: Art

The Road from Eden

The Road from Eden

(1791–1824) Raft of the Medusa (1818). The composition is based on the tragic story of the wreck of the Medusa that left a number of survivors to fend for themselves afloat a rickety raft and to undertake cannibalism.

Author: John Barber

Publisher: Academica Press,LLC

ISBN: 9781933146348

Category: Christianity and culture

Page: 605

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Categories: Christianity and culture

Horrible Shipwreck

Horrible Shipwreck

As Jonathan Miles explained in his Wreck of the Medusa (2007), Géricault's painting was simultaneously a genre painting, an antiroyalist propaganda piece, and an exercise in catharsis for the deeply troubled and fatally ill artist.

Author: Andrew C A Jampoler

Publisher: Naval Institute Press

ISBN: 9781612513270

Category: History

Page: 225

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On August 25, 1833, the British convict ship Amphitrite, filled with more than one hundred women prisoners and their children along with a crew of thirteen, left London for a convict colony in New South Wales. Less than a week later, all but three died when a savage storm battered their ship to pieces on the beach at Boulogne--in sight of hundreds of horrified onlookers. Inexplicably, the captain, John Hunter, had refused offers of aid from the shore. Sensational news coverage of the calamity prompted an Admiralty investigation to find out who was responsible. The suspicion was that Hunter and the surgeon aboard rejected assistance because they feared the women would escape custody. Some blamed the doctor’s wife because she had refused to go ashore in the same boat with the convicts so no boat was launched. Colorfully set in the political and social context of early 19th century Great Britain, this account of the shipwreck is peopled with a fascinating cast of characters that includes John Wilks, the Paris correspondent of a London newspaper whose reporting triggered public emotions; Lord Palmerston, the British foreign secretary; William Hamilton, the British consul who led the investigation; Sarah Austin, a British expatriate whose heroism the night of the wreck merits an award; and a Prussian prince. Drawing from government records in England, Scotland, and France, and from contemporary reports, Andrew Jampoler spins a memorable sea tale that is entirely true yet rivals the best of fiction. Readers will find this latest addition to his growing body of works firmly cements Jampoler’s reputation as a master storyteller.
Categories: History

Julian Barnes from the Margins

Julian Barnes from the Margins

Essays on Art in 2015, with the chapter Shipwreck as its opening piece. 'Shipwreck is divided into two parts, the first of which relates the catastrophe of the shipwreck of the Medusa in 1816 while the second examines the genesis of ...

Author: Vanessa Guignery

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350125025

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Exploring the archives of the Man Booker prize-winning novelist Julian Barnes – including notebooks, drafts, typescripts and publishing correspondence – this book is an extraordinary in-depth study of the creative practice of a major contemporary novelist. In Julian Barnes from the Margins, Vanessa Guignery charts the genesis and publication history of all of Barnes's major novels, from his debut with Metroland, through Flaubert's Parrot and A History of the World in 10 1⁄2 Chapters to The Sense of an Ending.
Categories: Literary Criticism