Andrea Mantegna, The Virgin with the Sleeping Child, 1465/70. Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
The State Museums of Berlin and the Legacy of James Simon
October 18, 2008 – January 18, 2009
This exhibition honors the cultural legacy of James Simon, perhaps the most important patron Berlin has ever known. Over 100 works, borrowed from nine separate museums, spanning from the 3rd millennium BC to the 18th century AD, grace the special exhibition galleries at the Legion of Honor from October 18, 2008, to January 18, 2009. Highlights include the Egyptian, New Kingdom bust Queen Tiy, a lion relief that once lined the Processional Way in ancient Babylon, Andrea Mantegna’s The Virgin with the Sleeping Child, and a 19th-century woodblock print by the great Ukiyo-e master Utagawa Kuniyoshi titled The Priest Nichiren in the Snow on Sado Island.
Presented by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums The exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in partnership with the National Museums of Berlin. Major Patrons Ann and Tim Simon Sponsors Ray and Dagmar Dolby Opening Night is sponsored by Northern Trust. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, San Francisco, and Maurice W. Gregg, and through a bequest of Margrit Landesmann. Official Airline Lufthansa This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.