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Curator Lecture: "J.M.W. Turner and his Contemporaries: An Introduction to Luminous Worlds" by Emerson Bowyer

Alfred Willian Hunt, A Panoramic View over Moorland, 19th century
September 12, 2015 -

Emerson Bowyer is research assistant in the department of European Paintings. He was Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Frick Collection, New York, where he organized and authored the catalogue for the exhibition David d’Angers: Making the Modern Monument. A specialist in18th- and 19th-century European painting and sculpture, Emerson received his BA and law degrees from the University of Sydney, and completed his graduate studies at Columbia University. 

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Bank of America "Museums on Us"

Installation view of David Hockney exhibition
July 4, 2015 -

Bank of America is a proud a supporter of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. During Museums on Us weekends, the first full weekend of every month, Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholders receive complimentary general admission to the de Young and Legion of Honor. Tickets are available on site on the day of visit only and are subject to availability. It is recommended that visitors arrive early for best assurance of entry. Learn more at museums.bankofamerica.com

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Docent Lecture: "Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville", by Alfred Escoffier

Berthouville Treasure
September 27, 2015 -

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.

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Docent Lecture: "Degas, the Reluctant Impressionist", by Rita Dunlay

Edgar Degas, Musicians in the Orchestra (Portrait of Desire Dihau), ca. 1870
September 1, 2015 -

Edgar Degas, although an active participant in seven of the eight Impressionist group exhibitions, didn't consider himself an Impressionist. His lifelong interest in line and the figure set him on a fundamentally different path. This talk looks at his innovative use of both elements throughout his career.

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