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Florence Williams"The Raft of the Medusa," painted on a canvas nearly 23 feet long by 16 feet high…portrayed the survivors at their direst moment, surrounded by corpses and about to be forsaken by a ship in the distance. …Today, the painting hangs in the Louvre, and its artistic significance is well known—its intimate depiction of emotional wretchedness helped stimulate the Romantic movement. Less known is that the painting played an intriguing role in volatile Restoration politics, the result of a collaboration between the artist and one of the wreck's survivors, now enthrallingly recounted in The Wreck of the Medusa, by Jonathan Miles. Although marketed as another sea disaster tale (and the wreck is grippingly recounted), the book is as revealing about the powerfully resistant art of two colorful figures in post-Napoleonic France.
—The New York Times