Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Publications

The Ancient Art Department is committed to education, research, and scholarship. Over the years, the Publications Department has published a number of exhibition catalogues, exhibition guides, and museum guides written or edited by the curator in charge of Ancient Art and Interpretation.

Gods in Color: Polychromy in the Ancient World

edited by Vinzenz Brinkmann, Renée Dreyfus, and Ulrike Koch-Brinkmann

2017

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An enduring scholarly record, Gods in Color reveals how ancient sculpture is incomplete without color. White or monochrome sculpture, an inherited notion of the classical ideal, would have been as strange to the ancients as these color reconstructions might seem to us today.

The Museums of Berlin and the Legacy of James Simon

by Renée Dreyfus and Olaf Matthes

2008

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The exhibition booklet captures the scope and depth of the cultural legacy of James Simon, perhaps the most important patron Berlin has ever known.  His collection, a testimony to his connoisseurship and philanthropy, laid the foundation of the Berlin museums’ holdings.

Legion: Selected Works

by Renée Dreyfus

2007

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This catalogue provides information on more than 100 masterworks selected from the Legion of Honor's renowned collection of European paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, textiles, works of art on paper spanning all periods, and antiquities from some of the world's great civilizations.

Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh

edited by Catharine H. Roehrig, Renée Dreyfus, and Cathleen A. Keller

2005

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Hatshepsut ruled as regent for, then co-ruler with, her nephew Thutmose III during Egypt's 18th Dynasty.  During her relatively peaceful New Kingdom reign (ca. 1473-1458 B.C.), the economic prosperity was reflected in the art: the innovations in sculpture, decorative arts, and such architectural marvel as her mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri.  Twenty years after her death, Thutmose III launched a damnatio memoriae against the greatest female pharaoh Egypt had ever known.

de Young: Selected Works

by Renée Dreyfus

2005

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This catalogue is a lovey reminder of the beautiful and varied collection at the de Young in Golden Gate Park.  The galleries  testifies to the great changes, growth, and expansion in American painting, in the art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, as well as in the broad range of textiles.  New directions in collecting are also notable in contemporary art and sculpture.

Available from the Online FAMSF Museum Store

Ancient Glass from the Holy Land

edited by Renée Dreyfus

1997

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The full-color, illustrated exhibition guide describes the history of ancient glass in the Near East, shapes, functions, and the many techniques and technological innovations, and that were developed there.

Available from the Publications Department, 415.750.2679

Pergamon: The Telephos Frieze from the Great Altar, Volume 2

edited by Renée Dreyfus and Ellen Schraudolph

1996

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The 2-volume exhibition catalogue provides scholarly and historical studies to the art of the Hellenistic kingdom of Pergamon.  Close examination of the Telephos Frieze gives new insights into the styles and schemes of the carved reliefs, as well as its juxtaposition to the Gigantomachy Frieze.

Available from the Publications Department, 415.750.2679

Pergamon: The Telephos Frieze from the Great Altar, Volume 1

edited by Renée Dreyfus and Ellen Schraudolph

1996

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The 2-volume exhibition catalogue provides scholarly and historical studies to the art of the Hellenistic kingdom of Pergamon.  Close examination of the Telephos Frieze gives new insights into the styles and schemes of the carved reliefs, as well as its juxtaposition to the Gigantomachy Frieze.

Available from the Publications Department, 415.750.2679

Guidebook to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor

by Renée Dreyfus

1995

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This museum guide offers a concise history and development of the Legion of Honor overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean.  It also includes a clear overview of the art treasures ranging from the ancient Mediterranean cultures to European fine and decorative arts and sculpture in this historical building.

Out of Print

The Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls

by Renée Dreyfus, Melissa Leventon, Ruth Peled, and Ayala Sussmann

1994

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This well-illustrated exhibition guide discusses the discovery, conservation, and accessibility of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  It also reviews the history of the Qumran community where these manuscripts on parchment were found in caves along the western part of the Dead Sea. 

Available from the Publications Department, 415.750.2679

Teotihuacan: City of the Gods / Ciudad de los Dioses

by Renée Dreyfus

1993

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This exhibition guide serves as an excellent introduction to Teotihuacan’s history, art, and archaeology, as well as the political power and religious practices of this Mesoamerican city.

Available from the Publications Department, 415.750.2679

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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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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities

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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"

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October 3, 2020, 9:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Round Table: Ancient Democracy, the Present Moment, and the Future of a Political Ideal

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.

Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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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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