About The Book
Art history is incredibly exciting in its current state of flux. After centuries of "almost dead white guys in suits", the profile of the art historian is changing. Students of every gender, race, and persuasion have been set the task of redefining the narrative - for new questions require new research, new ways of reading imagery and ultimately new answers. A new history of art - what a concept!
The research done over the past several years on Theodore Gericault's, Raft of The Medusa, is a perfect example of this phenomenon. We now know that in painting this work, Gericault was taking a daring and controversial stand in firm support of the Abolitionist Movement. He not only prophesizes, in this painting, the necessary and imminent success of the movement, but also the eventual triumph of the African race. Talk about rocking the boat! But don't kid yourself - he paid for the privilege, it took just about 200 years for this information to surface. But the truth will out and it's fascinating! More conspiracy theory - just like the old days!
About The Author
Suzanne Tevlin is an artist, art historian and writer. She has lectured on the history of art at the University of Toronto for several years, as well as at USMC, OCAD, Parsons-Paris, and Le Musee Ephrussi de Rothschild. She has had exhibitions in Paris, Monaco, along the Cote d'Azur, in London, and in Canada. She is represented in collections throughout Europe and North America.
Suzanne's main art historical interest is in the imaging of the non-European in Western Art. "The Conspiracy of Silence; Gericault's 'Raft of the Medusa' and the Abolitionist Movement" is Suzanne's first foray into the study of the position of the "other" in nineteenth century French visual culture. She is currently working on a second book entitled The Invisible Woman: Searching for The Black Female in Western Art.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER ONE: THE CONSPIRACY BUG
In which the author discusses her long held fascination with conspiracies.
CHAPTER TWO: THE TRAGEDY
In which the author recounts the astoundingly horrific story of a ship lost
CHAPTER THREE: FRANCE AT THE TIME - BRIEFLY
In which government corruption is pilloried.
CHAPTER FOUR: THE ARTIST
In which the author briefly discusses the remarkable life of Theodore Gericault.
CHAPTER FIVE: THE PAINTING - IN CONTEXT
In which certain aspects of the painting are emphasized, and the placement of certain characters is discussed.
CHAPTER SIX: THE PAINTING - SEEN HISTORICALLY
In which the painting is placed historically and the idea of coding is introduced.
CHAPTER SEVEN: TOWARDS THE END
In which the final days of the artist are recounted.
CHAPTER EIGHT: THE FINAL CHAPTER
In which the author attempts to explain the significance of the Abolitionists question to the artists, scientists and philosophers of the time.