The Raft of the Medusa

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  1. PoliticalChic

    PoliticalChic Diamond Member

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    Really not certain where this belongs, it refers to a painting by Gericault...

    it immortalizes a moment when some folks were about to give up, and some see hope on the horizon.

    July 2, 1816 At dawn, the French frigate Medusa, bound for the Senegalese port colony of Saint Louis under the command of the incompetent royalist captain Hugo de Chaumareys. One hundred and forty-seven men and one woman were herded onto a makeshift raft. Mayhem, mutiny and murder ensued. Fifteen survived.

    Always one of my favorites, a beautiful and Romantic painting, in that it shows the emotions involved in being adrift in the sea, and, finally, the hope of salvation.
    Doesn't require much of a leap to find oneself on the raft.

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