Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

For centuries, artists, archaeologists, scholars, and poets have been captivated by the images found on the painted walls of Etruscan tombs. These earliest examples of monumental painting in ancient Italy provide us with intimate details regarding daily life, funerary ritual and the murky world of the afterlife. Historical narratives, landscapes, architectural motifs, “proto-portraits,” and the motif of the procession all have a place in Etruscan wall painting, although mainstream scholarship tends to see these as Greek and Roman inventions. What role did the Etruscans play in the development of wall painting in ancient Italy and is it possible to recognize innovations of Etruscan wall painting that may have contributed to the later artistic traditions of early Rome?

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.


May 18, 2013, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Insights and Innovations: Etruscan Wall Painting

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Dr. Lisa Pieraccini, Lecturer and Visiting Scholar, History of Art and Classics Departments, University of California, Berkeley

Admission: Free / AAC members; General / $5 suggested donation


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.

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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.