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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


Moving beyond longstanding debates about whether or not ancient Mediterranean art was polychrome, the speaker will explore how polychromy impacts our interpretations of ancient objects: what we know of ancient Mediterranean conceptions of color and how art and early philosophy intersected to craft an understanding of colors as material phenomena. She will make a distinction between this pre-Newtonian understanding of color as material and a modern understanding of color as a property of light and analyze how this distinction has shaped the role of color in western art from antiquity to the present.

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.


May 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Rethinking Color in Ancient Mediterranean Art

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor


Presented by Dr. Jennifer Stager undefined


Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted

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