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Fringe Benefits: Olympia's Shawl and French Fashion

Professor Therese Dolan explores how Manet uses French Fashion in his paintings.

Edouard Manet, Victorine Meurent, c. 1862.
Edouard Manet, Victorine Meurent, c. 1862. Oil on canvas, 171.1 × 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.


Professor Therese Dolan | talks


Date and Time:

12 April 2013 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
020 7300 8000

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Evening lecture only / Friends of the RA £12; Evening lecture and entry to 'Manet: Portraying Life'

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