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Episode #41: Shock Art: Edouard Manet's Olympia (Season 4, Episode 2)

Episode #41: Shock Art: Edouard Manet's Olympia (Season 4, Episode 2)

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:" Edouard Manet's Olympia.

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Episode Credits

Production and Editing by Kaboonki. Theme music by Alex Davis.  Logo by Dave Rainey. Social media assistance by Emily Crockett. Additional writing and research by Kelsey Breen. 

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Additional music credits

 "Glimpse of Eternity" by Meydän is licensed under BY 4.0; "Harmony" by Alan Špiljak is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0. Based on a work at http://freemusicarchive.org/mus. "Master Thief (ID 1012)" by Lobo Loco  is licensed under BY-NC-ND 4.0; "Crepuscolo" by Livio Amato is licensed under BY-NC-SA 4.0; "American Coot" by Chad Crouch is licensed under BY-NC 3.0; "Bond Band" by Yan Terrian is licensed under BY-SA 4.0. Ad Music: "I Was Waiting for Him" by Lee Rosevere is licensed under BY 4.0 

Links and further resources

The Guardian: The Naked Truth

ARTFORUM: Manet: A Radicalized Female Imagery

Manet and the Family Romance by Nancy Locke

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