Developed first in Britain by the capable hands of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the English garden embraced the S-shaped path, known as the “line of beauty,” the irregular layout of plantings and long vistas through stretches of grass unencumbered by the formal gardens, rigidly planned flower beds and precisely clipped trees of previous centuries.
The history of conservatories: It is a story of taste, travel, and technology. By the mid-18th century, industrial technology produced the iron and glass necessary for the full-scale development of conservatories. Empress Josephine received the Tsar of all the Russias in her glass palace, where she exhibited the finest specimens of roses, orchids, palms, and other delicate blooms. The trend was followed by countless aristocrats and the newly minted millionaires of the 19th century each created conservatories to grace their estates.
Join us as Ms. Wishner fashions a captivating tale of the rise of artist-designed textiles in America. In 1955, the American firm D.B. Fuller & Co. launched the Modern Master series of printed cottons and rayons. These artistic fabrics—sixty in all—were the result of Daniel Fuller’s collaboration with five of the European contemporary artists: Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Raoul Dufy.
Membership Means More Artful Opportunities! See the exhibition East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection before the exhibition opens to the public. Members of all levels and their guests are invited to attend.
Join us for Member Mornings at the Legion of Honor, when we open an hour early exclusively for members at the Family level and above. You’ll enjoy private gallery time in the exhibition, Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters. Learn how seven young Englishmen formed an artistic alliance aspiring to rebel against the contemporary Victorian art world.
Casanova: The Seduction of Europe explores the eighteenth century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798). Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy but also in France and England, and his travels took him as far afield as the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg.