Heads of the Executed (Géricault)  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Heads of the Executed (Têtes des suppliciés, 1818) [1] [2] is a painting by French artist Théodore Géricault. It depicts two severed heads on a white cloth. Some art historians hold that this is not a painting of two heads fresh from the guillotine, but a painted elaboration of an illustration to a book on anatomy (Engravings, explaining the Anatomy of the Bones, Muscles and Joints ) by British surgeon John Bell.

The painting is in the collection of the Nationalmuseum[3], Stockholm.

The painting is part of a series of preparatory paintings for his masterpiece Raft of the Medusa, a series to which also belongs Anatomical Pieces, Head of a Drowned Man and Study of Truncated Limbs.

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