Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Thutmose served as court sculptor to two kings in Egypt’s glorious New Kingdom: Amenhotep III and Amenhotep IV (later Akhenaten). This master also decorated beautiful tombs belonging to nobles from Thebes to Memphis, and as well as in Tell el-Amarna (Akhetaten). When Dr. Zivie discovered the tomb Bubasteion at Saqqara, the necropolis of ancient Memphis, he attributed it to Thutmose, who engraved and painted it himself—and identified this same artist as the creator of the exceptional, and now iconic, work of art: the polychrome bust of Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s “Great King’s Wife.”

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

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.



An Egyptian Michelangelo: Thutmose, the Creator of the Bust of Nefertiti

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Alain Zivie

This lecture is free and open to the public. Donations at the door of the Gunn Theater are always greatly appreciated.


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


The Saga of Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra


A New Look at Ancient Nubia: Magic and Mystery on the Nile


On the Road from Persepolis


Deciphering Demons: Underworld Figures in Egypt and Etruria

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.



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.

May 7, 2021 - August 29, 2021