Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Moving beyond longstanding debates about whether or not ancient Mediterranean art was polychrome, the speaker will explore how polychromy impacts our interpretations of ancient objects: what we know of ancient Mediterranean conceptions of color and how art and early philosophy intersected to craft an understanding of colors as material phenomena. She will make a distinction between this pre-Newtonian understanding of color as material and a modern understanding of color as a property of light and analyze how this distinction has shaped the role of color in western art from antiquity to the present.

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

Dates

Rethinking Color in Ancient Mediterranean Art

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Jennifer Stager

Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted

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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events

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"If you build it, they will come": the construction and care of Nemean hero worship

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Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Disease in El Hibeh

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Round Table: Ancient Democracy, the Present Moment, and the Future of a Political Ideal

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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides' Bacchae

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.

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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.

Dates TBD

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