Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Director Colin B. Bailey discusses Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art.
6–7 pm, Lecture by Dr. Zahi Hawass, former Minister of Antiquities, Egypt
7–8 pm, Book signing and reception
Join the FIne Arts Museums of San Francisco for a very special lecture by famed Egyptian archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass, presented by the Ancient Art Council of the Fine Arts Museums. Immediately following his talk, Dr. Hawass will sign copies of his most recent book, Discovering Tutankhamun: From Howard Carter to DNA. Guests are also invited to enjoy a reception in the Hall of Antiquities.
The Legion of Honor will be open on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) from 9:30 am to 5:15 pm.
Colin B. Bailey is the director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and an internationally respected art historian and curator. Before joining the Museums, he most recently served as deputy director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection in New York, and he held a similar position at the National Gallery of Canada. He has also held curatorial positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Born in London, Bailey earned his doctorate in art history at Oxford University.
What is an 18th-century period room, anyway? Find out from Jacques, an animated footman who lived in the Salon Doré, as he explains who used a salon de compagnie and why.
One of the most prominent decorative elements in the Salon Doré is a pair of candelabra, one of which was significantly damaged during the Loma Prieta earthquake. In this 3D animation, watch as the object’s elements are reassembled through the work of museum conservators.
Master carver Adam Thorpe discusses the architectural style of the carving found in the Salon Doré and demonstrates how he carved the paneling’s missing elements using tools similar to those employed by the room’s original craftsmen.
In this video Natasa Morovic, Conservator of Frames and Gilded Surfaces for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, demonstrates the method of water gilding. To achieve the most accurate presentation of the room’s original appearance, Morovic employed this centuries-old technique to restore the gilded surfaces of the Salon Doré.