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Yves Saint Laurent (French, born Algeria, 1936 – 2008) for the House of Dior. “Refrain” Cocktail Dress, 1958. White silk surah printed with gray and black pebble pattern. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The...
Lately, lace is everywhere you look. In December 2013 the de Young Museum opened Lace: Labor and Luxury, a small installation showcasing prints from the Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts featuring fashionable...
An abstracted horizontal landscape of a still lake in shades of blue, grey, and green
Although Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George (previously on view at the de Young in 2014) focused on the artist’s work created in upstate New York, O’Keeffe is famously associated with the arid...
George Washington
FRAME | WORK is a weekly blog series that highlights an artwork in the Museums' permanent collections. On Monday, the Museums were closed in observance of Presidents Day and today is...
When you enter the exhibition Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection (on view at the Legion of Honor through October 2), you are immediately transported into the Dutch...
FRAME|WORK is a weekly blog series that highlights an artwork in the Museums' permanent collections. This week, we feature a powerful Civil War-era photograph from The Album of the Lincoln Conspiracy. This work is...
Museums, like the artworks they house, are constantly evolving. Expanding collections and audiences, outdated facilities, natural phenomena (like earthquakes), or changing building codes can all contribute to a museum’s...
Our Banner in the Sky
Attributed to Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826-1900) Our Banner in the Sky, ca. 1861 Oil on paper mounted on paper board 7 13/16 x 11 13/16 inches 1994.71Exactly 150 years ago today on April 12, 1861, the...
Abraham Lincoln, 1860
Alexander Hesler (American, 1823–1895), Abraham Lincoln, 1860 (printed ca. 1881) Albumen print from glass plate negative, framed, 9 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment...
de young, museum, history, san francisco, earthquake
In recognition of the 103rd anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, we're pleased to present a guest post by FAMSF assistant registrar Steven F. Correll.Last December when several of the Fine Arts Museums...