Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

In the late Roman Republic an art market came into being that supplied bronze statues, large and small, to wealthy collectors. With the emergence of competitive collecting by the super-rich at Rome, a novel kind of collectible bronze statuette resulted, well attested in the ancient literary sources and referred to as aes Corinthum, or Corinthia—“Corinthian bronzes.” Once used in domestic cults as well as rituals and public ceremonies throughout the Roman world, many of these survive from antiquity.

Lecture in memory of Prof. J. K. (Jock) Anderson and accompanied by a remembrance of Jock Anderson by Dr. Christopher Simon.

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.



Ancient Bronzes as Art Objects: Roman Collectors and “Corinthian Bronzes”

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Christopher Hallett

Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted


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.

Dates TBD