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Episode #49: Shock Art: David's The Death of Marat (Season 5, Episode 3)

Episode #49: Shock Art: David's The Death of Marat (Season 5, Episode 3)

Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.

Today's work of "shock art:" David’s The Death of Marat.

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Episode Credits

Production and Editing by Kaboonki. Theme music by Alex Davis.  Logo by Dave Rainey. Social media assistance by Emily Crockett. and Natalie Broyhill. Additional writing and research by Adria Gunter.

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Additional music credits

 "Is everything of this is true?" by Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal; "Galamus" by Circus Marcus is licensed under BY-NC 3.0; "Master Thief (ID 1012)" by Lobo Loco  is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "Blind" by Meydän is licensed under BY 4.0 ; "Elements - III Blue Sky" by Aitua is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0 . Ad Music: "Four-Way" by William Ross Chernoff's Nomads is licensed under BY 4.0 (All Modern) 
"Utopian Truth" by Yan Terrien is licensed under BY-SA 4.0 (Cove)"Jazzy Detective" by John Bartmann is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal (Storyworth); “Number 0" by Jesse Spillane is licensed under BY 4.0 (Casper) .

Links and further resources

MentalFloss: 15 Things You Should Know About The Death of Marat

Artsy: Image, Robert Wilson and Lady Gaga

Hyperallergic: Blowing Smoke: Robert Wilson Agog Over Gaga in Louvre Show

 

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