I'd like to dedicate today's piece to George Bush and the rest of his administration upon whom aesthetics seems lost. For that reason, I chose this particular piece from 19th Century painter, Théodore Géricault. It's entitled "Raft of the Medusa" (larger version here) and it looks like this:
As a student of art history, I was very moved by this painting and the story that inspired it. It depicts survivors of a French ship, The Medusa, that sank in 1816. One hundred and forty passengers and crew died as a result and, as Answers.com tells us, the story became legend throughout Europe, leading "to a scandal in the French government because of the incompetence of the ship's captain and the feeble rescue effort."
Which, now that I think about it, is probably also lost on George Bush and his administration.
(Credit where credit is due: Thanks to Enigma over at Watergate Summer for this inspiring piece!)