"Beauty or Beast? Judging Manet's Olympia in the Age of Comparative Anatomy" is the title of an art history lecture presented by Anne McCauley. Manet's "Olympia," exhibited in the Salon of 1865, has been celebrated for almost 150 years for its startling originality and the public outcry that it inspired.
McCauley reconsiders how critics' ways of looking at the body were influenced by contemporary debates over the limits between the human and the animal and the methods of comparative anatomy. McCauley is the David Hunter McAlpin professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University.