Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The English traveler Edward Dodwell and the Italian artist Simone Pomardi toured Greece in 1805‒1806. Together they drew 1,000 pictures of Greece while it was still part of the Ottoman Empire, in the last years before it became an independent state. Most of these watercolors and drawings are now in the care of the Packard Humanities Institute. This illustrated lecture will introduce the collection and its place in our understanding of the antiquities of Greece.

This lecture is part of the Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World exhibition lecture series. The exhibition opens at the Legion of Honor on Saturday, 28 October 2017 and closes on Sunday, 7 January 2018.

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.


December 2, 2017, 10:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Greece in 1805: The Travels and Paintings of Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi

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

Presented by Prof. John McKesson Camp II, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics, Randolph-Macon College, and Director of the <em></em>Athenian Agora Excavations, American School of Classical Studies

Admission: AAC member/free; general/$5 donation suggested


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



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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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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities

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.