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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.”

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.”

"Astonish me! Diaghilev's Ballets Russes (1909-1929) – Designs for Ballet", by William Eddelman

Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova, Stage set design for act 1 of the opera-ballet Le coq d'or (The Golden Cockerel)
October 3, 2015 -
10:00am11:30am

Please join the Achenbach Graphic Arts Council (AGAC) for Astonish Me! Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1909-1929) – Designs for Ballet, an illustrated talk by William Eddelman. Dr. Eddelman will discuss the evolution of Ballets Russes set and costume designs in the early twentieth century, with special attention to designs in the theater and dance collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the works on paper department of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Ennion: Master of Roman Glass

December 5, 2015 -
2:00pm3:00pm

Lecture by Christopher Lightfoot, curator of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The invention of glassblowing revolutionized the production of glass vessels in the Greco-Roman world. At the forefront of its development was Ennion, who perfected the technique of mold blowing in the early first century AD. Not only was he the greatest exponent of the craft, but he signed his work, thereby creating a brand name, and as it were, a designer label.

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