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.
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
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.
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
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.”
Touraj Daryaee, Howard C. Baskerville Professor in the History of Iran and the Persianate World, History Department, Director of the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, University of California, Irvine
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.
Helen Diller Family Annual Lecture Series: Archaeological Discoveries in Israel. Lecture by Yorke Rowan, Research Associate, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Lecture by David Stronach, professor emeritus of Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley
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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.
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.