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.
Florence Gould Theater
This lecture explores how 19th-century French men, women, and children spent their days and nights and how they dressed, as captured in paintings by the Impressionists and other artists.
Edgar Degas, although an active participant in seven of the eight Impressionist group exhibitions, didn't consider himself an Impressionist. His lifelong interest in line and the figure set him on a fundamentally different path. This talk looks at his innovative use of both elements throughout his career.
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.
Discover the history of the House of Cartier, the "king of jewelers and jeweler of kings," which supplied American celebrities with fabulous jewels and luxury accessories from the Belle Époque through the 1960s and 1970s.
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.
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.
Claude Lorrain's beautiful paintings and drawings respond to the topography and atmospheric effects of the Roman countryside. One of the most inventive artists of the 17th century, he established a new landscape style that remained influential well into the 19th century.
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.