Docent Lecture: "Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House", by Ellen Harden

Exterior view of Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England
December 2, 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 2, 2014 - 1:00pm

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Images: L: A view of the West Steps through the windows of the Picture Gallery at Houghton Hall. Photo: James Merrell. R:  Cabinet at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England. Photo: Nick McCann


Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

September 19, 2015January 10, 2016

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. After four years of meticulous conservation at the Getty Villa this splendid collection of Roman silver comes to San Francisco in Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville.


Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris.

Objects from the Berthouville Treasure, Roman, 1st-2nd century AD. Silver and  gilt.  Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris

Berthouville Treasure, Roman, 1st–2nd century AD. Silver and gold. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques, Paris. Photo courtesy the J. Paul Getty Trust

Veterans Day Celebration and "Downton Abbey" Screening

The Cast of Downtown Abbey
November 11, 2014 - 2:00pm4:00pm

In honor of all of those who have served the country, the Legion of Honor offers free general admission on Veterans Day to all veterans and active military personnel with military ID.

Book of Gold

On Armistice Day in 1924, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor opened its doors to the public. Dedicated to the 3,600 California soldiers, sailors, and marines who gave their lives during World War I, the Legion of Honor pledged to “honor the dead while serving the living.”

November 11, 2014 - 2:00pm

AAC Lecture: "Oral Poetry and Aural Patterns: On Zoroaster’s Poetry and Religion", by Martin Schwartz

Legion of Honor museum
November 15, 2014 - 2:00pm

Martin Schwartz, professor emeritus of Iranian Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley

The poetry of Zoroaster, among the oldest and the most elaborate of Indo-European literature, was orally composed and for centuries orally transmitted until it was committed to writing. It contains fascinating parallels with visual phenomena (including mandala-like structures), some of which are of interest for the study of cognition, and also encodes intricate representations of Zoroaster’s unique theology.

November 15, 2014 - 2:00pm

Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking

Rosekrans Gallery, Special Exhibition Galleries 20B-C
September 19, 2015January 10, 2016

Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking explores the history of the watch and clock maker Breguet. The company’s cutting-edge innovations transformed the nature of personal timekeeping, and the exhibition will include displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”


This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in collaboration with Montres Breguet.

Breguet subscription watch

Abraham-Louis Breguet and Antoine-Louis Breguet, subscription watch, sold in 1798. Silver case with gold fillets, enamel dial, and ruby cylinder escapement, diameter: 2 3/8 in. (6.2 cm). Collection Montres Breguet S.A.

Breguet subscription watch


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