Heads of the Executed (Géricault)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

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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