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Episode #40: Shock Art: Sargent's Madame X (Season 4, Episode 1)

Episode #40: Shock Art: Sargent's Madame X (Season 4, Episode 1)

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Works that we take for granted today as masterpieces, or as epitomes of the finest of fine art, could also have been considered ugly, of poor quality, or just bad when they were first made. With the passage of time comes a calm and an acceptance. But that doesn’t change the fact that there are many works peppered throughout art history that were straight-up shocking to the public when they were first presented decades, or even hundreds of years ago.

Today's work of "shock art:" Sargent's Madame X.

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Episode Credits

Production and Editing by Kaboonki. Theme music by Alex Davis.  Logos by Dave Rainey.  and social media help is by Emily Crockett Additional writing and research by Kelsey Breen. 

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Additional music credits

 "Sweet Dreams (ID 1006)" by Lobo Loco  is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "Rainy Nights (KieLoKaz ID 159)" by KieLoKaz is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "Coconut Milky Way (ID 282)" by Lobo Loco  is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "Drifter" by Split Phase is licensed under BY-NC-SA 3.0 US; "Dark White 11o" by Stephen Siebert is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0. Ad Music: "Evidence Song" by The Good Lawdz is licensed under BY-SA 3.0

Links and further resources

The Guardian: Madame XXX

The New York Times: White Shoulders

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: John Singer Sargent

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's blog: How Madame X Came to the Met

The New York Times: Art View: The Case of Madame's Shoulder Strap

Huffington Post: Strapless: The Scandal that Rocked the 19th-Century Art World


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