Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

From the time of Alexander the Great to the end of the Roman Empire, kings and emperors used works of art, especially luxury objects in gold, silver, and precious stone, as a means to reinforce their authority. These valuable objects were presented on ceremonial occasions to carefully chosen supporters, military officers, and foreign dignitaries as marks of prestige or as diplomatic gifts. Over time, especially in the later Roman period, an entire bureaucracy arose to handle the production and distribution of imperial gifts, including gold medallions and jewelry, silver plate, and ivories. Ancient Luxury and the Roman Silver Treasure from Berthouville exhibition includes many such works, which will be explored in this lecture.


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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.

PROGRAM

November 7, 2015, 10:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Luxury Objects and Political Power: From Hellenistic Greece to Imperial Rome

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Jeffrey Spier, Senior Curator of Antiquities, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Admission: AAC members free / General public $5 suggested donation

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

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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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EXHIBITION

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.