Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Double Feature

The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum: Early Excavations and Recent Discoveries

This lecture presents a preview of a major loan exhibition that will open at the Getty Villa on June 26, offering some behind-the-scenes insights into the development and execution of the project. In addition to a brief history of the early excavations of the Villa dei Papiri in the 1750s, the speaker also examines new discoveries from recent explorations at the site and through current scholarly research.

Life in an Aristocratic Roman Villa—As Witnessed by the Bronze and Marble Furnishings of the Villa dei Papiri

A great deal is known about the life of the Roman elite in the age of Cicero—roughly when the Villa dei Papiri was constructed (ca. 50 BC). But arguably the best guide to the lifestyle they wished to enjoy is the architecture and the expensive furnishings with which they chose to surround themselves in their luxurious villas and country houses. In this lecture, the bronze and marble objects surviving from the Villa dei Papiri are employed to help reconstruct that lifestyle of its former owners, and to evoke something of their ideals, priorities, and self-image.

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, 2019, 9:00 PM - 4:00 PM

On the Occasion of the Retirement of Prof. Andrew Stewart

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

Presented by Dr. Kenneth Lapatin, Curator of Antiquities, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and, Prof. Christopher Hallett, History of Art and Classics, University of California, Berkeley

Admission: This program is free and open to the public. Suggested donation $5/non-member


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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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.