Florence Gould Theater

Guest Lecture: "The Origins of Mythic Representation in Greek Art", by Barry Powell

May 9, 2015 - 2:00pm3:30pm

When do we find the earliest myths in Greek art? This proves to be a difficult question for scholars because before figures are labeled, they are open to various interpretations. This lecture will trace myth in cultures predating Greece, in Mesopotamia and Egypt, and show how the representation of narrative in art is a Greek invention that accompanies the spread of alphabetic literacy.

Lecture by Barry Powell, Halls-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


May 9, 2015 - 2:00pm

Guest Lecture: "Ancient Egyptian Masterpieces: Sculpture in Wood", by David Silverman

Seneb, the royal scribe, Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, early Dynasty 12, ca. 1938–1850 BC
March 21, 2015 - 2:00pm3:30pm

This lecture focuses on ancient Egyptian wooden sculpture, three-dimensional and in relief, highlighting its broad range of styles and quality, adaptability, and penchant for innovative styles. This presentation will form a context for the Museums’ recent acquisition of the exquisitely carved and painted statuette of Seneb—an unsurpassed example of the art of the Middle Kingdom in Egypt.

Ancient Art Council's Scherman Lecture by David Silverman, Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology and Curator, Egyptian Section, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania.

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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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