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Luxury Objects and Political Power: From Hellenistic Greece to Imperial Rome

Cameo of Jupiter
November 7, 2015 -

From the time of Alexander the Great to the end of the Roman Empire, kings and emperors used works of art, especially luxury objects of gold, silver, and precious stone, as a means to reinforce their authority. These valuable objects were presented on ceremonial occasions to carefully chosen supporters, military officers, and foreign dignitaries as marks of prestige or as diplomatic gifts.

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San Francisco Ceramic Circle presents: Raphael, Engraving, and the Art of Maiolica

Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn
February 14, 2016 - 10:30am

Raphael was the first major artist to have his work disseminated through reproductive engraving. In conjunction with the Legion of Honor's display of Raphael's Lady with a Unicorn, the talk will explore the use of those and other engravings as models for maiolica painting, to identify ceramics with the emerging idea of fine art.

Speaker: Jeff Ruda, President of the SFCC and Professor Emeritus, Art History, UC Davis.

February 14, 2016 - 10:30am

Guest Lecture: "What California Modern Wrought: The Apotheosis of Ceramic Sculpture", by Diana Daniels

Tip Toland, Wall Flower, 2011
November 15, 2015 -

Diana L. Daniels is the curator of contemporary art at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Her areas of responsibility include painting and sculpture since 1945, photography, contemporary ceramics, and the arts of Africa and Oceania. Over the past decade, she has enhanced the permanent collection with acquisitions of works by many contemporary artists.

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Voices: FAMSF App Launched to Engage with Art

In spring 2015, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will unveil Voices: FAMSF, a unique location-sensitive and customizable app. This interpretive tool allows users to co-create content and engage in conversations about art and will be available free of charge at online app stores. Voices: FAMSF delivers an immersive soundscape that weaves a musical soundtrack with multiple voices offering responses to 21 outdoor sculptures and architectural details at both the de Young and the Legion of Honor. 

Tue, 02/24/2015
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