Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The Anglo-Dutch banker Thomas Hope was a major collector of art and classical antiquities as well as a Regency furniture designer in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Being an arbiter of design of the period, his influences can be seen in sculpture, painting, furniture, interior design, costume, metalwork, and silver. The sculptures and vases installed in his London mansion in 1802–04 inspired Hope’s famous interiors, which came to define the Regency style.

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.


September 20, 2008, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Thomas Hope: The Inspiration of Antiquity

Koret Auditorium, de Young

Presented by Martin Chapman, Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Admission: AAC members free / $5 general


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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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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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.