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On Olympia

by Josephine Gardiner in Cornwall The reason why Manet’s painting of Victorine Meurent in Olympia outraged the gallery-going public of 1865 was that it appeared to show a prostitute: the artist included many items which, apparently, were associated with prostitution in mid 19th-century Paris, though their significance would be lost on the modern viewer. Worse, this prostitute showed no sign …

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