The Raft of the Medusa is massive, measuring a whopping 5 x 7m.
It's considered a masterpiece of the Romantic movement.
The painting was inspired by a true story.
In 1816, a French ship sailed off the coast of France, heading to Senegal.
However, 100 km away from the Senegalese coast, it hit a sand bank and sunk.
About half of the 400 crew scrambled onto a makeshift raft.
But 2 weeks later, only 15 were still alive.
There were horrific tales of starvation and cannibalism, which fascinated Parisian society.
As a Romantic, Gericault saw his role as provoking strong, raw emotions.
The story of the Medusa was a perfect topic.