In this charming animated short entitled "Naufrage au Louvre" ( or "Shipwreck at the Louvre") by Etienne Molinier, the flesh eating characters of The Raft of the Medusa literally spill out of the frame into the museum and hungrily pursue a museum guard. While some people may at times attack paintings in museums, the paintings rarely (if ever) attack visitors and museum employees. This animation being one of the few exceptions.
For those of you familiar with the story behind Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa
, the painting depicts the few survivors who had clung to a makeshift raft from the flotsam of a highly publicized shipwreck. These lucky (or possibly unlucky) few endured cannibalism, dehydration and generally all but pleasant circumstances. As Molinier's animated reincarnation of these characters pour into the gallery, their hunger has them in a zombified state, pursuing any type of sustenance (human flesh included) until they find their new home within Veronese's The Wedding at Cana
where they find a more humane feast to indulge in. GIve it a watch and enjoy a playful art historical journey through one of the most well-endowed museums around.
Naufrage au Louvre from Etienne Molinier on Vimeo.