First developed by Islamic potters in the 800s, lustre glazes are among the most technically difficult and visually delicate of ceramic effects. Potters in Gubbio and Deruta achieved one of the high points of lustre glazing in the 1500s.
Ancient Egypt meets modern medicine in this exhibition that makes use of state-of-the-art scientific techniques to explore two of the Fine Arts Museums’ mummies. An interdisciplinary team of scientists, Egyptologists, physicians, and museum curators and conservators has learned more about how these embalmed individuals lived, died, and were prepared for the afterlife.
Mined from the wide-ranging collections of the Fine Arts Museums, Wild West explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States from the frontier era to the present. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts, and ephemera in a thematic presentation that celebrates the abundance and diversity within the region’s physical environment.
The 17th century Dutch Golden Age is one of the most extraordinary periods in art history. This talk will explain why Holland had such a rich output of paintings and discuss at least one portrait, genre scene, landscape, marine painting, still life and biblical scene in the Legion’s outstanding collection.
Among the myths that America has created, the "American West" is one of the most potent and long lasting. It came into existence during the last years of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries at a time when there were major national insecurities. Influenced by dime novels, paintings, books, plays, and eventually film, and created by easterners; the myths of the west and "the western" have become ingrained in the American mind.
Renée Dreyfus is curator in charge of ancient art and interpretation at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Rodger Birt, Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University
Dr. Birt is a noted scholar of historical Bay Area photography who will discuss the importance of Genthe’s work. He will be joined by Fine Arts Museums conservators, who will explain the process for preserving these 110-year-old images.
Ancient Art Council Lecture by Dr. Jonathan Elias, Director, Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium
One of the most beguiling and enigmatic paintings ever made by the Renaissance master Raphael, Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, exemplifies ideal beauty in 16th century Florence. This talk examines the painting and explores the art world of the High Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many others.
Pierre Bonnard was one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. He worked in a decorative style where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects. Coming to us from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the exhibition features more than 60 works that span the artist’s complete career.