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Three Pieces from Romanticism

"Apotheosis of Homer" by Ingres
"Stormy Coast Scene after Shipwreck" by Emile-Jean-Horace Vernet
"The Raft of the Medusa" by Gericault

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1. An explanation of how the works fit into the context of the time period.
2. Compare the works mentioned in form, content, and subject matter. Using the terminology and concepts that you have learned in the course, explain the similarities and differences in the styles of the works and the context in which they were made. Compare and contrast their aesthetic qualities and symbolic significance, as well as the artists' points of view. Include your personal thoughts in the paper, and support your ideas with references.

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First, as you examine the era, form, content, and philosophy of Theodore Gericault, please note that his painting shows deep interest in psychology and political events. When looking at "The Raft of the Medusa," you might add that he presents "loosely painted paintings give more emotion and depth to characters" ( Research also shows that this piece reflects its era since it focuses on a real life event, a "tragedy that involved a ship wrecked at sea and its survivors" (

Next, as you discuss Gericault's life and philosophy, he conforms to Romanticism. His work also shows a naturalistic quality. Critics comment on ...

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This solution compares three pieces of Romanticism: 'Apotheosis of Homer', 'Stormy Coast Scene after Shipwreck' and 'The Raft of Medusa'.