Beginning in the 6th century BC, the Achaemenid dynasty established an empire that brought a flourishing civilization to the Near East and beyond. This culturally diverse monarchy created outstanding monuments that reflect the vast fortunes of the empire. The lecture will focus on the fineness of the sculpture adorning the massive walls of the palace complexes in Persepolis, as exemplified by the museum’s recently acquired Persian relief.
Part I of Persepolis and the Persian Royal Road: an all-day symposium celebrating the recent Ancient Art acquisition of an Achaemenid Persian relief of a gift bearer at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Reception to follow symposium. All participants are welcome.
Wine for the reception donated by Darioush, Napa, California.
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.
April 25, 2009, 5:00 PM - 11:00 AM
The Fabled Royal Site of Persepolis
Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by Dr. Renee Dreyfus, Curator in Charge, Ancient Art and Interpretation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Admission: Free to the public; Registration required: 415 750 3686 or