Julian Schnabel
left: The Raft, 1982
oil, plates and bondo on wood with bronze branch 9x19 ft.

right: The Patients and the Doctors, 1978
oil, plates and bondo on wood 8x9 ft.

In a facile way, The Raft might be derived from Gericault's Raft of the Medusa. This image is an example of the plate paintings at their gimmicky worst: thin content made too big and too heavy, sometimes poorly drawn. Certainly, other aspects of the artist's work have proven more interesting than this.