The commode from Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, England, joins Gallery 13 at the Legion!

The sumptuous commode that belonged to Horace Walpole joins Gallery 13 at the Legion of Honor in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House. Mounted in Chinese lacquer and embellished with ormolu mounts, this commode was purchased in 1763 by Horace Walpole, the youngest son of Robert Walpole, Britain’s first prime minister and the builder of Houghton Hall.

Mon, 09/01/2014
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Artists & Editions: A Publication in Memory of Steven Leiber (1957–2012)

Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books
October 18, 2014March 29, 2015

Steven Leiber, a San Francisco native, made his reputation as a collector specializing in ephemera—brochures, flyers, posters, and exhibition announcements—designed by artists in the 1960s and 1970s. He maintained a gallery in the basement of his grandmother’s house in the city’s Marina district, calling it Steven Leiber’s Basement. As Leiber sorted and organized ephemera relating to Fluxus art, Beat and Concrete poetry movements, and the 1960s counterculture, he invited art scholars, curators, artists, and ephemera aficionados to explore his inventory.

Ticket Information 

Entry to this exhibition is included with general admission to the museum.

Adults $10, seniors 65+ $7, students with current ID $6, youths 6–17 $6, members and children 5 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

Box surrounding by its contents from 14 artists

Artists & Editions (San Francisco: RITE Editions, 2012), with the box at center surrounded by its contents: the contributions of 14 artists. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, gift of Frances Bowes. Photo: Ian Reeves, courtesy RITE EDITIONS, San Francisco

French Classical Masterpiece Joins Gallery 6

A recent acquisition, Allegory of Geometry (1649), a masterpiece from a well-known series of paintings depicting the Seven Liberal Arts by the French Baroque artist Laurent de La Hyre (1606–1656),  makes its debut in Gallery 6 at the Legion of Honor this month. Other paintings in the series are held by major institutions, including the National Gallery in London (Allegory of Grammar), the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (Allegory of Music), and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orléans, France (Allegory of Astronomy).

Fri, 08/01/2014
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A Princely Pursuit: The Malcolm D. Gutter Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain

Glass Gallery 9B
December 13, 2014June 30, 2015

A collection of rare Asian and European porcelain with royal roots travels to San Francisco for display at the Legion of Honor. A Princely Pursuit will present approximately 100 significant pieces of early Meissen porcelain from the collection of Malcolm D. Gutter, all promised gifts to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Founded in 1710 near Dresden, Germany, the Meissen manufactory was the first in Europe to produce hard-paste porcelain imitating Chinese and Japanese ceramics that the Dutch East India Company was importing at this time.

Ticket Information 

Entry to this exhibition is included in general admission to the museum. Adults $10, seniors 65+ $7, students with current ID $6, youths 6–17 $6, members and children 5 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

stone coffeepot and porcelain vase with floral detail

L: Böttger stoneware coffeepot and cover, German, 1710–1713. Stoneware. Meissen porcelain manufactory. Promised gift of Malcolm D. Gutter. R: Beaker vase, German, ca. 1730. Meissen porcelain manufactory. Porcelain and enamel. Promised gift of Malcolm D. Gutter

Docent Lecture: "What's the Story? Narratives in Works from the Permanent Collection", by Jim Kohn

Thomas Hart Benton oil painting of Susanna and the Elders
September 21, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Discover lively stories from the Old and New Testaments, classical legends, the poetry of Italy and France, and American history. Who inspired The Thinker? Where is "Carlotta Valdes" from the movie Vertigo?  It's all in this illuminating presentation of narratives seen in artworks at the Fine Arts Museums.

September 21, 2014 - 1:00pm

Docent Lecture: "The World of Jane Austen: Art and Culture in 18th- and 19th-Century Britain", by Kathryn Zupsic

Thomas Lawrence painting of the Countess of Plymouth
September 14, 2014 - 2:15pm3:15pm

Explore the era of beloved English novelist Jane Austen through the arts, from the paintings of Gainsborough and Reynolds to the elegant Georgian townhouses of Bath and the fashions of the day.

September 14, 2014 - 2:15pm


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