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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 legend of Oedipus sees fate, hubris, and the will of the gods collide with shattering results, providing the foundation for the most influential of all Greek tragedies. This presentation will explore the cultural significance of the Theban plays (Antigone, Oedipus Tyrannos, and Oedipus at Colonus) by Sophocles through the lens of art, beginning with their representations in ancient Greek vase-painting.

The lecture will be followed by a conversation between the speaker and Carey Perloff, artistic director emerita, American Conservatory Theater.

This program will introduce the Ancient Art Council's annual Saturnalia celebration: a rehearsed reading of Sophocles' last play, Oedipus at Colonus, on 4 December.

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.


November 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)

Imagining Oedipus: Art, Myth, and Performance

This lecture will be live streamed on Zoom. An e-confirmation with a Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Presented by Dr. Mary Louise Hart Associate Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum at the Villa


Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Donations are welcome.

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