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Luxury Objects and Political Power: From Hellenistic Greece to Imperial Rome

Cameo of Jupiter
November 7, 2015 -
2:00pm3:00pm

From the time of Alexander the Great to the end of the Roman Empire, kings and emperors used works of art, especially luxury objects of gold, silver, and precious stone, as a means to reinforce their authority. These valuable objects were presented on ceremonial occasions to carefully chosen supporters, military officers, and foreign dignitaries as marks of prestige or as diplomatic gifts.

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San Francisco Ceramic Circle presents: Raphael, Engraving, and the Art of Maiolica

Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn
February 14, 2016 - 10:30am

Raphael was the first major artist to have his work disseminated through reproductive engraving. In conjunction with the Legion of Honor's display of Raphael's Lady with a Unicorn, the talk will explore the use of those and other engravings as models for maiolica painting, to identify ceramics with the emerging idea of fine art.

Speaker: Jeff Ruda, President of the SFCC and Professor Emeritus, Art History, UC Davis.

February 14, 2016 - 10:30am

Docent Lecture: "Music as Muse: Compositions in Art Inspired by Music", by Virginia Ernster

Young Boy Singing
November 8, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Music has been a major source of inspiration to artists throughout history, from Vermeer’s depictions of women with musical instruments to Whistler’s “nocturnes” to Kandinsky’s abstract “compositions.” Take a virtual tour of music-related works in the collections of the Legion of Honor, the de Young, and beyond.

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Docent Lecture: "Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville", by Clara Morrissey

Berthouville Treasure
November 21, 2015 -
1:00pm2:00pm

In 1830, a French famer plowing his field near the village of Berthouville, in rural Normandy, accidentally discovered a hoard of spectacular silver-gilt objects that were deliberately buried during antiquity. The items, all dated to the first or second century AD, were dedicated to the Roman god Mercury and collectively became known as the Berthouville Treasure.

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

Marville, Rue Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois from Rue des Prêtres
November 8, 2015 -
1:00pm2:00pm

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.

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Docent Lecture: "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking", by Julia Geist

Subscription watch
November 21, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking explores the history of the watch and clock maker Breguet. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”

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Docent Lecture: "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking", by Jim Kohn

Subscription watch
November 3, 2015 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking explores the history of the watch and clock maker Breguet. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”

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Docent Lecture: "Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking", by Clara Morrissey

Subscription watch
November 3, 2015 -
1:00pm2:00pm

Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking explores the history of the watch and clock maker Breguet. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”

This event is expired.

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