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In its first exhibition in the continental United States, the artist Lisa Reihana’s extraordinary 70-foot-long video, in Pursuit of Venus [infected]—recently acquired by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—is presented with the French...
In 1989, the Fine Arts Museums became permanent caretakers for a very special musical instrument: a 1742 Guarneri violin, bequeathed by one of the world’s most accomplished and influential violinists, Jascha Heifetz (1901–1987). This violin is known...
Thomas B. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums, has said that Peter Paul Rubens had a “Tarantino-like taste for the macabre.” Rubens’s interest in dark subject matter is especially evident in his riveting Head of Medusa in...
Peter Paul Rubens’s colossal painting Daniel in the Lions’ Den (ca. 1614/1616) made it to the Legion of Honor for the special exhibition Early Rubens. The work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C...
In this edition of Transits, a series that looks at the movement of art in the Museums’ galleries, we’re highlighting three paintings by Peter Paul Rubens. These works, usually on view in Gallery 14 at the Legion of Honor, were installed in the...
Thanks to a generous grant from the 2017 Bank of America Conservation Project, Morris Louis’s painting No. 11 (1961) has undergone major conservation treatment. Louis (American, 1912–1962) is widely acclaimed for his influential style that...