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Manet masterpiece to be discussed, Oct. 20

A discussion centered on one of the treasures of the Princeton University Art Museum, Edouard Manet's "Gypsy with a Cigarette," is set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Members of the community will be able to view the painting and participate in an interdisciplinary discussion moderated by professor Anthony Grafton, historian and chair of the Council of the Humanities. Five experts from different fields will comment briefly on the painting and then lead a conversation.

Speakers will be: Carol Armstrong, an art historian and Manet specialist; John Borneman, an anthropologist; Alexander Nehamas, a expert on aesthetics from the philosophy and comparative literature departments; Deborah Nord, a literature scholar in the English department, who is writing about gypsies; and Betsy Rosasco, art museum curator of later Western art.

"Gypsy with a Cigarette" (ca. 1862) was a bequest from Archibald Alexander, a member of the class of 1928. Last April, a reproduction of the painting was sent to each admitted student as part of the admission packet.

The event is co-sponsored by the humanities council and the art museum. A reception will follow in the museum.

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