Department of Art and Art History Calendar

Art History Lecture Series presents Anne McCauley

Beauty or Beast?: Judging Manet's Olympia in the Age of Comparative Anatomy

Manet's Olympia and Monkey

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. This lecture will reconsider how critics' ways of looking at the body were impacted by contemporary debates over the limits between the human and the animal and the methods of comparative anatomy.

Dr. Anne McCauley received her PhD from Yale University and is the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University. She is the author of A.A.E. Disdéri and the Carte de Visite Portrait Photography; Industrial Madness: Commercial Photography in Paris, 1848–1871; The Museum and the Photograph (co-authored with Mark Haworth-Booth), as well as numerous studies on the historiography of photography and the cultural contexts of the medium's invention.