Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

An afternoon of performance and exploration of the theatrical impulse in Classical art, juxtaposing ancient Greek theater and the visual arts.

Imagery depicted and created by ancient Greek artists fills the gap in our knowledge and understanding of performing arts and the visualization of drama on stage in antiquity. Ancient tragic and comic poets presented their plays to compete in an annual celebration of the cult of the god Dionysos in Athens. Since the mid-6th century BC, these plays continued to be staged from mainland Greece and to the Greek colonies in southern Italy and Sicily. As living representations, modern performance and reading of Greek tragedy, comedy, and epic bring to life the iconography of dramatic and theatrical scenes in classical Greek art.

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.



The Dramatic Expression in Ancient Greek Art

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

Directed by Carey Perloff, artistic director emerita of the American Conservatory Theater

This lecture is free and open to the public. Donations at the door of the Gunn Theater are always greatly appreciated.


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


The Saga of Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra


A New Look at Ancient Nubia: Magic and Mystery on the Nile


On the Road from Persepolis


Deciphering Demons: Underworld Figures in Egypt and Etruria

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.



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.

May 7, 2021 - August 29, 2021