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