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Episode #51: Shock Art: Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa (Season 5, Episode 5)

Episode #51: Shock Art: Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa (Season 5, Episode 5)

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:" Gericault’s The Raft of the Medusa.

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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 Kelsey Breen. Additional editing by Hannah Roberts.

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Additional music credits

 "Phase 2" by Xylo-Ziko is licensed under  BY-NC-SA 4.0; "Harmony" by Alan Špiljak is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0. Based on a work at http://freemusicarchive.org/mus.; "Evening Fly of the Brants (ID 951)" by Lobo Loco is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "Elements - III Blue Sky" by Aitua is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0 ; "La tapa del viernes" by Circus Marcus is licensed under BY-NC-3.0 "Is everything of this is true?" by Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal. Ad Music:"Gorgon" by Jesse Spillane is licensed under BY 4.0 (Skillshare); "Mod" by Jesse Spillane is licensed under BY 4.0 (ThirdLove).

Links and further resources

The Louvre Museum: Raft of the Medusa

Khan Academy: Raft of the Medusa

Episode #52: Shock Art: Balthus' Thérèse Dreaming (Season 5, Episode 6)

Episode #52: Shock Art: Balthus' Thérèse Dreaming (Season 5, Episode 6)

Episode #50: Shock Art: Duchamp's Fountain (Season 5, Episode 4)

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