12 April 2013
In the Reynolds Room, a John Madejski Fine Room
Edouard Manet, Victorine Meurent, c. 1862. Oil on canvas, 171.1 x 105.8 cm. Boston Museum of Fine Arts Manet’s most famous courtesan, Olympia, fingers a floral shawl as she gazes boldly at the viewer of the painting. Professor Therese Dolan (Temple University) illustrates how Manet skillfully employs the shawl’s economic and social status to connote levels of class and power in articulating Olympia’s sexual identity.
6.30–7.30pm, followed by a drink.
A limited number of tickets will be available on the door of the event from 6pm.