Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

This presentation will reexamine the ancient Greek practice of erecting life-size bronze statues of athletic victors, most often placed at the site of the games but also in the victor’s home community. This practice, appearing suddenly in the Greek world at the end of the 6th century BCE and proliferating especially in the first half of the 5th century, is usually regarded as unproblematic, viewed through the lens of the later practice of setting up honorific statues for victors, statesmen, and generals. But rather than thinking about these as images, the speaker wants to consider them as magical objects and agents, asking not “What do they represent?” but “What do they do?”

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.



Before Statuary: Victor Statues, Commemoration, and Power

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Leslie Kurke

Free / AAC members; General / $5 suggested donation


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