Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.
Hero in Tears: Reading Homer’s Achilles with the Baltimore Painter
The Legion of Honor’s splendid red-figure volute krater by the Baltimore Painter (ca. 330–320 BC) suggests an analogy between the death of a contemporary warrior (depicted on one side of the vase) and the story of the legendary Greek hero Achilles (on the other) at a crucial moment within the...
A Thorny Issue: The Reinvention of an Ancient Bronze in the Middles Ages
The Spinario—a seated youth plucking a thorn from his foot—survives in a famous bronze now in Rome’s Capitoline Museum as well as numerous other ancient versions in diverse media. A popular genre figure created in the Hellenistic period (third to first centuries BC), it gained popularity in the...
Ancient Iconography in a New Context: Byzantine Monosandali and Their Monastic Audiences
The images in late thirteenth- to early fourteenth-century Byzantine churches of military saints depict them wearing only one shoe (monosandali). These figures are known from ancient mythology and primary sources,such as Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War. The speaker will elaborate...
New Perspectives on the Art of Mummification
The lecture inaugurates the opening of the exhibition, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, in Gallery 1, Legion of Honor. The exhibition is free after museum admission.