John Pollini, Professor of the Departments of Art History, History, and Classics, University of Southern California
Florence Gould Theater
Richard De Puma, F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Classical Art and Archaeology, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa
This lecture examines the 19th-century discovery and exhibition history of the famous Louvre terracotta sarcophagus, which inspired a number of other major museums to collect related works and sometimes impressive forgeries. The lecture explains how such errors of judgment were made by expert connoisseurs and points out the mistakes made by forgers.
6–7 pm, Lecture by Dr. Zahi Hawass, former Minister of Antiquities, Egypt
7–8 pm, Book signing and reception
Join the FIne Arts Museums of San Francisco for a very special lecture by famed Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, presented by the Ancient Art Council of the Fine Arts Museums. Immediately following his talk, Dr. Hawass will sign copies of his most recent book, Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA. Guests are also invited to enjoy a reception in the Hall of Antiquities.
Colin B. Bailey is the director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and an internationally respected art historian and curator. Before joining the Museums, he most recently served as deputy director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection in New York, and he held a similar position at the National Gallery of Canada. He has also held curatorial positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Born in London, Bailey earned his doctorate in art history at Oxford University.
Explore the era of beloved English novelist Jane Austen through the arts, from the paintings of Gainsborough and Reynolds to the elegant Georgian townhouses of Bath and the fashions of the day.
Intimate Impressionism includes nearly 70 paintings by 19th-century avant-garde artists. The exhibition features a selection of intimately scaled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, still lifes, portraits, and landscapes whose charm and fluency invite close scrutiny. Included are significant works by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. Many paintings in the exhibition were displayed in domestic interiors, and they often became gifts shared among friends.
The 17th century was a period of trade—and espionage—with China. The object of desire was porcelain, "white gold," and the secrets of its manufacture. This lecture looks at the Museums' collection of beautiful porcelain in historical context.
National Gallery founder Andrew Mellon’s two children, Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce, were also collectors and major patrons of the National Gallery. They were both drawn to the luminous, color-saturated paintings of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, and they each amassed a significant collection of these works to enjoy in their homes, while always intending to give the pictures to the nation. Dr. Mary Morton will discuss some of the highlights of their collecting, with particular attention paid to Ailsa Mellon Bruce, whose activities are less well known than her brother's.
Celebrating the Bay Area’s longstanding enthusiasm for Henri Matisse, Matisse from SFMOMA traces four decades of the artist’s career—from his early, Cézanne-inspired still lifes to his richly patterned and brightly colored figural paintings made in the 1920s and 1930s.
This intimate exhibition features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes from the internationally acclaimed collection of works by Matisse at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, joined by two paintings and two drawings from the Fine Arts Museums' own important Matisse holdings.
Intimate Impressionism includes nearly 70 treasured paintings by 19th-century avant-garde artists. The exhibition features a selection of intimately scaled Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, still lifes, portraits, and landscapes whose charm and fluency invite close scrutiny. Included are significant works by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. Many paintings in the exhibition were displayed in domestic interiors, and they often became gifts shared among friends.