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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

The Raft of the Medusa



The Raft of the Medusa is a massive painting (5 x 7m).

It's considered a masterpiece of the Romantic movement.

The painting is inspired by a true story.

In 1816, a French ship sailed off the coast of France, heading to Senegal.

It hit a sand bank and sunk, 100 km off the Senegalese coast.

150 of the 400 crew managed to scramble onto a makeshift raft.

2 weeks later, only 15 survived, with horrific tales of starvation and cannibalism.