Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

2:00‒3:20 pm:
This lecture discusses the making and reception of Polykleitos’s famous Doryphoros (Spear Bearer) in the collection of the Ludwig-Maximilians University. An exceptional piece of sculpture, the statue is a reconstruction of the lost bronze statue made by the Greek sculptor, Polykleitos, around 440 BC. Unknown to most, a memorial with the Spear Bearer was set up in 1921 in the centre of the University’s main building in memory of the 1,026 university members, who fell in the Great War (WWI). Although the memorial itself was destroyed in World War II by US bombs, the Spear Bearer miraculously survived and was later re-erected on campus. Its former memorial context, however, has been conveniently forgotten.

3:20‒3:30 pm:
Intermission (to allow time for audience to come and go)

3:30‒5:00 pm:
Join us for a dramatic poetry reading by actor Marton Csokas, featuring poems by Italian poet and writer Gabriele Tinti and inspired by classical sculpture. The poet will also present videos of his poetry performed in other museums and will be available for Q&As. This performance is cosponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute. Ancient Art Council would like to thank Paolo Barlera at the ICI and both Gabriele Tinti and Marton Csokas for making this possible.

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 28, 2018, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Munich Doryphoros: Venerated—Suppressed—Forgotten AND Poetry Reading by Marton Csokas of poetry by Gabriele Tinti

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

Presented by Prof. Rolf Schneider, Professor Emeritus for Classical Archaeology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich; Honorary Professor for Classical Studies (2016‒2019), University of Cape Town; and Guitty Azarpay Visiting Professor (January‒May 2018), University of California, Berkeley

Admission: AAC members: free / General: $5.00 suggested donation


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



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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.