The Raft of the Medusa, Le Radeau de la Meduse, Musee du Louvre, Paris

February 3, 2013 Paris

There were a handful of paintings in the Louvre that really caught my eye, made me stop and ponder them for a while. I am not an art afficionado and rarely spend more than a few seconds considering a single piece of art. Yet something about these works stopped me in my tracks. Perhaps it was the sheer emotion and sense of tragedy, and that passing of ages gone by. I’m not sure. But that is the point of art, to stop the viewer and cause him to think, appreciate, wonder and be moved. Cheers and thanks for looking.

The Raft of the Medusa, Le Radeau de la Meduse, oil painting by French Romantic painter Theodore Gericault, 1819. Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

The Raft of the Medusa, Le Radeau de la Meduse, oil painting by French Romantic painter Theodore Gericault, 1819. Musee du Louvre.
Image ID: 28107
Location: Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

A couple others that I really enjoyed:

Les Noces de Cana, The Wedding at Cana, by Paolo Veronese. Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

Les Noces de Cana, The Wedding at Cana, by Paolo Veronese. Musee du Louvre.
Image ID: 28105
Location: Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

Death of Sardanapalus, La Mort de Sardanapale, oil painting on canvas, 1827 by Eugene Delacroix. Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

Death of Sardanapalus, La Mort de Sardanapale, oil painting on canvas, 1827 by Eugene Delacroix. Musee du Louvre.
Image ID: 28221
Location: Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

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