Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn (ca. 1505–1506) features an unidentified blond-haired sitter and epitomizes the beauty of Raphael’s female portraits during his Florentine period. The presentation will explore the possible identity of the subject, as well as the painting’s distinct iconography, including the unicorn she holds in her lap.
Melissa E. Buron is associate curator of European paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Explore the era of beloved English novelist Jane Austen through the arts, from the paintings of Gainsborough and Reynolds to the elegant Georgian townhouses of Bath and the fashions of the day.
At an art museum, we may look at a painting and wonder, "What is going on?" The tales told through art are sometimes esoteric and require decoding. This lecture gives fascinating insights into the stories told in art from the classical period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and into the 19th and 20th centuries. Come hear the stories behind the pictures.
This lecture explores how 19th century French men, women, and children spent their days and nights and how they dressed, as captured in paintings by the Impressionists and other artists.
In 1830, a French farmer 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.
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 includes displays describing the technology that earned Abraham-Louis Breguet his sobriquet as “the father of modern horology.”
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.”
The exhibition Pierre Bonnard celebrates the French artist as a significant figure in the transitional period between Impressionism and Modernism, and features more than sixty paintings, photographs, and decorative panels and screens. These masterpieces allow viewers to reflect on the influences the artist encountered over the span of his career. This program will be geared for students in the 4th grade and up.