Florence Gould Theater

Guest Lecture: "Tracing the Life History of Objects at Pompeii", by J. Theodore Peña

February 21, 2015 - 2:00pm3:30pm

Little is known about how small and portable artifacts were acquired, used, and then discarded in ancient societies. Such humble objects were recovered by early excavations in various locations in Pompeii—including residences, market gardens, the surfaces of streets, and a trash dump located outside the fortified city walls. The detailed study of their condition sheds new light on the stories this excavated material tells us about life in an ancient Roman city.

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Guest Lecture: "Invention and Art at Meissen: Europe's First True Porcelain", by Professor Jeffrey Ruda

Harbor scene
January 18, 2015 - 9:30am11:30am

San Francisco Ceramic Circle Illustrated Lecture: Invention and Art at Meissen: Europe's First True Porcelain, by Professor Jeffrey Ruda, President of the San Francisco Ceramic Circle, Professor Emeritus, Art History, UC Davis

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Docent Lecture: "European Paintings: A Dime-Store Legacy from the Kress Collection", by Gretchen Turner

Raffaellino del Garbo (Italian, 1466–1524). Madonna Enthroned with Saints and Angels, 1502. Oil on wood panel. Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
February 15, 2015 - 2:15pm3:15pm

The single most important gift of art in our nation's history came from the Kress Collection. From this gift, the Fine Arts Museums received a superb selection of old master paintings, making its holdings a "mini–National Gallery."

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

The Tribute Money, ca. 1612
February 15, 2015 - 1:00pm2:00pm

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.

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Docent Lecture: "Power, Passion, Love, Lust: Drama Unfolds at the Legion of Honor", by Mina Shea

Lucretia, 15th–16th century
February 3, 2015 - 2:15pm3:15pm

Some of the most dramatic pieces of European art were created from the inspiration of literature, in particular the Bible and ancient Greek mythology. From works in the Legion of Honor, we will explore the great skill of European artists to render the drama of literature and life.

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Docent Lecture: "What's the Story? Secular and Religious Narratives from the FAMSF Collection", by Jim Kohn

Lucretia painting by Joos van Cleve
January 6, 2015 - 2:15pm3:15pm

At an art museum, we may look at a painting and sometimes wonder, "what is going on?" The tales told through art are sometimes esoteric in nature and require some decoding. This lecture gives fascinating insights into the stories told in art from the classical period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and into the 19th and 20th centuries. Come hear the stories behind the pictures.

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