Category: Art

  • Raft of the Medusa

    1816, the French naval vessel Medusa ran aground,┬áleaving behind a huge improvised raft with 147 survivors, abandoned by the other crew who escaped on longboats. On their second night adrift off the coast of W Africa, orgy of destruction developed, precipitated by fear – ┬ápeople attacked each other, and attempted to break off sections of…

  • Hokusai's Great Wave

    Great wave off Kanagawa From 1830s. Seen as archetypal Japanese but actually not that old: Prussian blue used (ie synthetic dye from Germany), perspective is European! Japan was still closed to all but a few Chinese and Dutch traders until 1859 having closed its borders to trade for some 200yrs, but this shows how European…