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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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Docent Lecture: "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House", by Jim Kohn

Houghton Hall
January 11, 2015 -
1:00pm2:00pm

Old-master paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley travel for the first time from one of England's greatest country estates. Houghton Hall was built in the early 1700s by Sir Robert Walpole, considered England's first prime minister and an ancestor of the current marquess. From portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and John Singer Sargent to exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, rare pieces of R. J. & S.

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Docent Lecture: "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House", by Ellen Harden

Houghton Hall exterior view
January 6, 2015 -
1:00pm2:00pm

Old-master paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley travel for the first time from one of England's greatest country estates. Houghton Hall was built in the early 1700s by Sir Robert Walpole, considered England's first prime minister and an ancestor of the current marquess. From portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and John Singer Sargent to exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, rare pieces of R. J. & S.

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Docent Lecture: "Gustave Courbet: A Rebel on the Road to Impressionism", by Rita Dunlay

Courbet painting of the ocean
December 2, 2014 -
2:15pm3:15pm

Courbet, who called himself "the most arrogant man in France," forged his career in mid-19th-century Paris by rebelling against the artistic traditions of the French Academy and its annual Salon. His dedication to painting everyday life and his innovations in style and technique led to one of the great revolutions in European art—the new painting style of the Impressionists.

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