Image
On loan from a private collection, © Private collection. Used by permission

Under a stormy sky a naked man emerges from an agitated sea. Violent contrasts of light and shadow create a bumpy surface across his muscular body. The subject suggests a relationship to Géricault's masterpiece, 'The Raft of the Medusa' (Salon of 1819, Musée du Louvre, Paris), but it may rather be a study for a series of large Italian landscapes.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1791 - 1824
Full title
A Shipwreck
Date made
about 1817-18
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
72.7 x 92 cm
Acquisition credit
On loan from a private collection
Inventory number
L997
Location in Gallery