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Docent Lecture: "From Paper to Canvas: Connections between Achenbach Masterpieces and Fine Arts Museums Paintings", by Jim Kohn

Rubens, The Tribute Money
July 18, 2015 -

Many surprises are revealed in comparing works on paper with those on canvas. The diverse media and techniques used to make drawings, etchings, woodcuts, prints, and paintings result in fascinating differences in artistic expression.

July 18, 2015 - 2:15pm

Docent Lecture: "Impressionist Paris: City of Light", by Jim Kohn

Marville, Rue Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois from Rue des Prêtres
July 7, 2015 -

From the dark alleys at the dawn of the Impressionist era to the world of color and light of the early 20th century, the city of Paris was a continual source of inspiration for the artists and photographers who adopted it as a subject. This presentation features prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and illustrated books from the permanent collection and several distinguished private collections.

July 7, 2015 - 2:15pm

Docent Lecture: "Women Sculpted, Women Sculptors—From Object to Artist", by Mina Shea

Karen LaMonte, Dress 3
June 2, 2015 -

Since the mid-19th century, American women have pursued careeers in sculpture that often looked to the past, but also brought powerful, new, and important voices to the medium. We will look at both sculptures of the female form and sculptures by women artists from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums.

June 2, 2015 - 2:15pm

Guest Lecture: "Fresh and Fired: Flowers and Sèvres Porcelain" by Dame Rosalind Savill

Wine Cooler, 1765. Soft-paste porcelain, Sèvres Factory, French. Museum purchase, San Francisco Foundation Grant from the Michael Taylor Trust
April 25, 2015 -

The Rococo brought the garden indoors, and the French royal factories of Vincennes and Sèvres created porcelain flowers to capture this fleeting new naturalism. They also invented vases, pots, and tubs both for real and for porcelain flowers, and containers either for growing plants and bulbs, or for floral perfumes and potpourri. Models were adapted with the seasons, and could be found displayed in private and public rooms, on chimney pieces, pier tables or commodes, or decorating dining tables. Sèvres embraced and enhanced the passing beauty of real flowers with their magical permanence

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