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Docent Lecture: "15-Minute Focus: Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn", by Marsha Holm

Raphael, Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn
February 2, 2016 -

One of the most beguiling and enigmatic paintings ever made by the great Renaissance master Raphael, Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, exemplifies ideal beauty in 16th century Florence. This talk examines the painting and explores the art world of the High Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and many others.

Ancient Art at the Legion of Honor (6th Grade)

This curriculum guide seeks to expand student understanding of the cultural climates that stimulated the growth of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. As objects of personal devotion, displays of state power, or funerary implements, art played an important role in the development and organization of these cultures. Incorporating these lessons in your classroom will help enliven historical studies, foster interdisciplinary comprehension, and encourage students to recognize the direct influences of the past on the present.


Wild West: Plains to the Pacific

June 18, 2016September 11, 2016

Mined from the wide-ranging collections of the Fine Arts Museums, Wild West explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States from the frontier era to the present. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts, and ephemera in a thematic presentation that celebrates the abundance and diversity within the region’s physical environment.

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This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Benefactor’s Circle

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crocker

Chiura Obata, Setting Sun on Sacramento Valley, California (detail), 1930

Chiura Obata, Setting Sun on Sacramento Valley, California (detail), 1930. Color woodcut, 15 5/8 x 10 15/16 in. (39.7 x 27.7 cm) (image). FAMSF, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1963.30.3126.30 

Wild West: Plains to the Pacific

Guest Lecture: "Who is that Lady with the Unicorn? The Sitter in Raphael's Portrait" by Linda Wolk-Simon

Raphael (1483–1520), Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, ca. 1505–1506
January 9, 2016 -

Linda Wolk-Simon presents her proposed identification of the mysterious lady with the unicorn featured in Raphael's famous portrait.

Wolk-Simon is a leading Raphael specialist and Director and Chief Curator of the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University.

Italian Opera by Claudio Santome

Claudio Santome. Photo by Fatimata Vetu
January 9, 2016 -

Claudio Santome completed training as music teacher in Buenos Aires with a masters from the Teatro Colón where he also sung Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. After emigrating to the US in 1997, he performed Ariel Ramirez's Misa Criolla in California, Michigan, Switzerland, Italy, and Argentina. He specializes in Belcanto repertoire singing from Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Puccini. In the symphonic repertoire, he sung Carmina Burana, as tenor and baritone, Gustav Mahler's Ruckert and Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

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