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Prized Anthony van Dyck Portrait Links to the “Monuments Men”

The genius of Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck will be on display at the Legion of Honor beginning this week in his elegant Portrait of a Lady (ca. 1620), a work with an intriguing history that is tied to the museum’s own. Thomas Carr Howe Jr., director of the Legion of Honor from 1939 to 1968, was a leading figure with the “Monuments Men”—the art and museum professionals of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section, who were dispatched to Europe toward the end of World War II to rescue some of the world’s greatest art treasures from Nazi looting.

Fri, 02/07/2014
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Lecture: "Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art", by Melissa Buron, Assistant Curator of European Art, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Madame Henriot
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Intimate Impressionism, on view at the Legion of Honor from March 29 through August 3, 2014, showcases approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits, from the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Lecture: "Jean-Honore Fragonard at the Legion and the Frick", by Colin B. Bailey, Director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French, 1732–1806, "The Useless Resistance (La Resistance Inutile)", ca. 1770
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Colin B. Bailey is the Director for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and an internationally-respected art historian and curator. 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.

Docent Tour: Highlights of the European Collection

Painting of water lilies by Claude Monet
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Join a museum docent on a tour of the European art collection. Tours start promptly in the Rotunda.

Docent Tour: Three Masterpieces in Thirty Minutes

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Join a museum docent for a quick tour of the museum's masterworks. Tours meet promptly in the Rotunda. 

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