Tag: 19th century
Théodore Géricault’s 1819 painting The Raft of the Medusa is part of a larger tangled web of colonialism, incompetence, and disaster. In this episode we get into the shipwreck on which it was based as well as how it’s used today in pop cultural milestones like Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “APES**T” video.
Hagia Sophia has had many lives over the centuries: from church, to mosque, to secular museum, it’s always taken center stage in its city, whether you call it Istanbul or Constantinople. This episode explores its history, from the violent to the serene, and how the building remains a site of change and shifts in power.
This episode gets a bit obscure and focuses on a single woodcut from David Cusick’s 1828 book Sketches of Ancient History of the Six Nations, the earliest English-language account of Iroquois history.
This episode we dip our toe into the Asian art pool and talk about Hokusai’s Great Wave, its origins, and the many many transformations it has undergone in commerce and pop culture.