Olympia by Edouard Manet (1863)

The scandalous, outrageous portrait that shocked Paris in its exhibition at the Paris Salon of 1865.

In the painting, Manet references Titian’s Venus of Urbino, but the suggestion that the painter would compare a goddess to a common prostitute offended the establishment. The rebellious artists of the Bohemian world cheered Manet.

It is a controversial portrait and a beautiful painting.


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