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Docent Lecture: "Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville", by Alfred Escoffier

Berthouville Treasure
September 27, 2015 -

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: "A Portrait of Marie Antoinette: Art, Fashion, and Revolution in 18th Century France", by Kathryn Zupsic

Barthélemy Joseph Fulcran Roger, after Monenteuil, Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine- de Autriche, reine de France, 18th–19th centur
September 1, 2015 -

This is the story of Marie Antoinette, the ill-fated queen of France, illustrated with the lavish art and fashions of her time against a backdrop of political unrest and revolution. She was the undisputed Western queen of fashion, a distinction which initially brought her success, but ultimately led to her demise.

Docent Lecture: "Color! Shades of Meaning in Art", by Victoria Kirby

Thiebaud, Paint Cans, 1990
August 15, 2015 -

Throughout human history, colors have been seen and responded to as both demonic and divine. This lecture tells the story of changing societal attitudes and beliefs about colors and how artists reflected these perceptions to relay messages and meanings about class, political persuasion, cultural issues, and even a person’s character.

Docent Lecture: "The Splendor of the Past: A Diary of 18th Century Paris", by Marsha Holm

Salon Doré from the Hôtel de la Trémoille, Paris
August 15, 2015 -

From the salon to the shops, the couturier's to the courtiers, 18th century Paris exuded high fashion and high living. Using paintings, furniture, porcelain, and silver from the collection of the Legion of Honor, this lecture will examine the food, fashion, and frivolities that made life in Paris so remarkable.

Docent Lecture: "What's the Story? Secular and Religious Narratives from the FAMSF Collection", by Jim Kohn

Joos van Cleve, Lucretia, 15th–16th century
August 4, 2015 -

At an art museum, we may look at a painting and wonder, "what is going on?" The tales told through art are sometimes esoteric and require 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.

Docent Lecture: "From Paper to Canvas: Connections between Achenbach Masterpieces and Fine Arts Museums Paintings", by Jim Kohn

Rubens, The Tribute Money
July 18, 2015 -

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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