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Docent Lecture: "Gustave Courbet: A Rebel on the Road to Impressionism", by Rita Dunlay

Courbet painting of the ocean
December 2, 2014 - 2:15pm3:15pm

Courbet, who called himself "the most arrogant man in France," forged his career in mid-19th-century Paris by rebelling against the artistic traditions of the French Academy and its annual Salon. His dedication to painting everyday life and his innovations in style and technique led to one of the great revolutions in European art—the new painting style of the Impressionists.

December 2, 2014 - 2:15pm

El Greco in San Francisco

Gallery 5
November 19, 2014February 28, 2015

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of painter El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos, 1541–1614), rediscover three paintings by this enduringly popular artist from the Fine Arts Museums’ holdings. As the largest repository for his paintings on the West Coast, the Fine Arts Museums prepares this special installation for the first time in a decade. The display of El Greco’s Saint Francis Venerating the Crucifix (ca. 1595), Saint John the Baptist (ca. 1600), and Saint Peter (ca.

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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.

El Greco, Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1600. Oil on canvas. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, funds from various donors, 46.7

El Greco, Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1600. Oil on canvas. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, funds from various donors, 46.7

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Carlo Dolci’s "Saint Julian"

Carlo Dolci was one of the most acclaimed artists in Florence in the 17th century, who specialized in portraits, altarpieces, and single-figure paintings. He likely based this depiction of Saint Julian—a refined image of tender piousness—on a panel by Cristofano Allori (1608–1610), which served as the movable screen of a large reliquary located in the church of Santa Maria Novella, Florence (now in Seminario Maggiore, Florence).

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Docent Lecture: "Elegant Excess: A Diary of 18th-Century Paris", by Marsha Holm

Salon Dore interior
December 13, 2014 - 2:15pm3:15pm

From the salon to the shops, the couturier's to the courtiers, 18th-century Paris was all about 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.

December 13, 2014 - 2:15pm

Docent Lecture: "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House", by Jim Kohn

Exterior view of Houghton Hall
December 20, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Old-master paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley travel for the first time from one of England's greatest country estates. Houghton Hall was built in the early 1700s by Sir Robert Walpole, considered England's first prime minister and an ancestor of the current marquess. From portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and John Singer Sargent to exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, rare pieces of R. J. & S.

December 20, 2014 - 1:00pm

Docent Lecture: "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House", by Alfred Escoffier

Exterior view of Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England
December 13, 2014 - 1:00pm2:00pm

Old-master paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the collection of the Marquess of Cholmondeley travel for the first time from one of England's greatest country estates. Houghton Hall was built in the early 1700s by Sir Robert Walpole, considered England's first prime minister and an ancestor of the current marquess. From portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and John Singer Sargent to exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain, rare pieces of R. J. & S.

December 13, 2014 - 1:00pm

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