The "Book of Gold" on View for Veterans Day

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On Armistice Day in 1924, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor opened its doors to the public. Dedicated to the 3,600 Californian 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.”

To commemorate this day, the Book of Gold, listing those Californians who died in World War I, will be on display in the Hall of Antiquities (lower level near Museum Store).

Docent Lecture: "Mummies! The Medicine, Myths, and Marvels of Ancient Egyptian Mummification", by Charlotte Read

Coffin of Irethorrou, Egyptian, Akhmim
November 17, 2016 -
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Ancient Egypt meets modern medicine in this exhibition that makes use of state-of-the-art scientific techniques to explore two of the Fine Arts Museums’ mummies. An interdisciplinary team of scientists, Egyptologists, physicians, museum curators, and conservators has learned more about how these embalmed individuals lived, died, and were prepared for the afterlife.

Docent Lecture: "Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection", by Clara Morrissey

Secretary of state Diamond Eagle, circa 1890
November 19, 2016 -
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Madeleine Albright was named the first female Secretary of State in 1997, and became, at the time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the US government. This exhibition features more than 200 pins which she famously used to make poignant diplomatic statements. Albright used jewelry as a form of communication after Saddam Hussein’s press referred to her as an “unparalleled serpent.” She responded by wearing a golden snake brooch to her next meeting with Iraqi officials.

Docent Lecture: "Thirty Minute Spotlight: Legendary Stories Behind the Legion of Honor", by Virginia Ernster

Legion of Honor
November 1, 2016 -
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This brief talk relays the history of the Legion of Honor that are tall but true. They involve a benefactress who was a force of nature (Alma Spreckels), as well as a prince in Paris, a self-proclaimed emperor, a pioneer of modern dance, San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a former cemetery-turned-golf course, and more—not to mention great art!

Docent Lecture: "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France", by Carol Porter

Le Nain, Peasants before a House, ca. 1640
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The mysterious Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – were celebrated painters in Paris in the early 17th century. Little is known of their lives; unmarried and childless, they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. This exhibition features over 50 of their works, from  religious paintings to enigmatic scenes of peasant life.

Docent Lecture: "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France", by Ellen Harden

Le Nain, Peasants before a House, ca. 1640
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The Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – were celebrated painters in Paris in the early 17th century. Little is known of their lives; unmarried and childless, they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. This exhibition features more than 50 of their works, from  religious paintings to enigmatic scenes of peasant life.

Docent Tour: "The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France"

Le Nain, Peasants before a House
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The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of 17th-Century France is the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the Le Nain brothers—Antoine (ca. 1598–1648), Louis (ca. 1600/1605–1648) and Mathieu (ca. 1607–1677). This presentation features more than 40 of the brothers’ works that highlights their full artistic production, and is organized in conjunction with the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, and the Musée du Louvre-Lens, France.

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