Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Exhibitions

Exhibitions are an important aspect of a curatorial department. The Ancient Art Department has organized and mounted over the years exhibitions showcasing art from different ancient cultures in the Mediterranean. Some of these exhibitions are also accompanied by scholarly catalogues written, edited, or with contributions by the curator in charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation, and published by the Publications Department. Exhibitions, like publications, fulfill the fundamental commitment of the Department to education, research, and scholarship.

Upcoming Exhibition

Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

Dates TBD

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.

Featured & Previous Exhibitions

The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine

May 14, 2016 - April 7, 2019

Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World

October 28, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Islam and the Classical Heritage

August 25, 2018 - January 27, 2019

Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville

September 19, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Masters of Fire: The Copper Age in the Holy Land

June 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Gifts from the Gods: Art and the Olympic Ideal

July 28, 2012 - June 23, 2013

Marvelous Menagerie: A Roman Mosaic

April 23, 2011 - July 24, 2011

VERY Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine

October 31, 2009 - October 31, 2010

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

June 26, 2009 - March 28, 2010

The Museums of Berlin and the Legacy of James Simon

October 18, 2008 - January 18, 2009

Highlights from the Israel Antiquities Authority: The Dead Sea Scrolls and 5,000 Years of Treasures

February 16, 2008 - August 10, 2008

Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh

October 15, 2005 - February 5, 2006

Eternal Egypt: Masterpieces from the British Museum

August 10, 2002 - November 3, 2002

Ancient Gold: The Wealth of the Thracians- Treasures from the Republic of Bulgaria

July 31, 1998 - October 11, 1998

Ancient Glass from the Holy Land

April 25, 1997 - August 23, 1997

Pergamon: The Telephos Frieze from the Great Altar

May 4, 1996 - September 8, 1996

Virtual Pompeii

September 15, 1995 - January 7, 1996

The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

February 26, 1994 - May 29, 1994

Gold of Greece: Jewelry and Ornaments from the Benaki Museum

April 27, 1991 - June 30, 1991

Ivory: An Ancient Symbol of Excellence

October 4, 1990 - January 6, 1991

Early Cycladic Art in North American Collections

June 25, 1988 - September 25, 1988

Lure of the Past: Classical Art from California Collections

November 27, 1985 - March 9, 1986

The Search for Alexander

February 19, 1982 - May 16, 1982

The Greek World Before Alexander

February 19, 1982 - May 16, 1982

Treasures of Tutankhamun

June 11, 1979 - September 30, 1979

Images for Eternity: Egyptian Art from Berkeley and Brooklyn

July 20, 1975 - October 18, 1975

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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events

PROGRAM

Rehearsed Reading of THE BACCHAE by Euripides

Thank you for helping us acquire our first Egyptian royal portrait—a carved limestone relief of Ptolemy I Soter

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

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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.

Dates TBD

EXHIBITION