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Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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


The notion that Islam prohibits the representation of images is one of the most debated and misunderstood issues today. Dr. Farhad discusses religious attitudes towards figural imagery and its place within Islamic artistic traditions.

Reception to follow lecture

Sponsored by the Scherman Family Foundation. This is the inaugural lecture of this annual series.

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.


March 29, 2008 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Figural Imagery and the Arts of the Islamic World

Koret Auditorium, de Young


Presented by Dr. Massumeh Farhad Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art, Freer and Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution


Lecture free to the public

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