Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121


Raj and Helen Desai

Skot Jonz

Bob Moyce

Doug Tilden and Teresa Keller

Richard Beleson

Elios Charitable Foundation

Keesal Young and Logan

Elizabeth Moyer, PhD, and Michael Powanda, PhD

Bernard and Jane von Bothmer

Heide Betz

Anthony and Susan Hardy

Frank and Renee Kovacs

Rolf and Charlotte Scherman

Sheila Wishek

In Memoriam Rolf Gebhard Scherman, MD

Rolf Gebhard Scherman, who died in 2015, was a prominent neurologist, an extraordinary friend of the Fine Arts Museums, and a generous supporter of the Ancient Art Council. His involvement helped strengthen and bring visibility to the Museums’ collection of antiquities. Moved by his passionate love of archaeology and intellectual curiosity, he contributed to the council’s programs by sponsoring the Scherman Family Lecture series, which brings internationally renowned scholars to speak about topics related to the ancient world.

Donations from Rolf and his wife, Charlotte, also helped the Museums to acquire Seneb, an exquisite 4,000-year-old Egyptian wooden statuette and to bring the 2015 exhibition Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville to the Legion of Honor. His enthusiasm was contagious, and with his encouragement the council has grown and its programs become more popular. An Ancient Art Council program to honor him will be held on 5 November 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Florence Gould Theater and is made possible by the tribute funds in memory of Rolf. For this lecture the Egyptologist Rita Lucarelli will speak about ancient Egyptian demonology and magic. The Ancient Art Council and the Museums are grateful for Rolf’s steadfast support and energetic participation.

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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


October 3, 2020, 9:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Round Table: Ancient Democracy, the Present Moment, and the Future of a Political Ideal

Please help us keep Ptolemy I Soter—Alexander the Great’s general and the founder of the Ptolemaic Dynasty which ended with Cleopatra—in San Francisco.

The Ancient Art Council is seeking your help to acquire this Egyptian limestone relief of a Ptolemaic king in a devotional pose. Any amount will help.

Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink.

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