Art Talk Tuesday

Art Talk Tuesday is a one hour, docent led presentation on popular exhibits currently and formerly shown at the de Young, Legion of Honor or Asian Art Museums of San Francisco.

Art Talk Tuesday is the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12pm in the Council Chambers.

July 10
Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters
In 1848—a year of political revolution across Europe—seven young Englishmen formed an artistic alliance aspiring to rebel against the contemporary Victorian art world. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood defied idealized figures popularized by Raphael and other High Renaissance artists to reflect the simplicity, spirituality, and beauty they found in late medieval and early Renaissance art. Alfred Escoffier, a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will share examples by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and works that inspired its members in this presentation based on the special exhibit at the Legion of Honor.

August 14
Japanese Aesthetics
Luxuriate in this truly beautiful exploration of Japanese aesthetics as expressed in their art and culture. In this Art Talk, Peter Sinton from the Asian Art Museum will share objects both ancient and contemporary that display Japanese aesthetics at its finest.

September 11
Legendary Stories behind the Legion of Honor

Virginia Ernster, a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, will share tall-but-true tales in the history of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum. Discover the benefactress who was a force of nature, as well as a prince in Paris, a self-proclaimed emperor, a pioneer of modern dance, San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, a former cemetery-turned-golf course, and more – not to mention great art!

October 9
Elegant Excess: An Afternoon in the Paris Salon Dore

November 13
East Meets West: Jewels of the Maharahas from the Al Thani Collection

Discover the cultural and material exchanges between India and Europe through jewelry and precious objects ranging from the seventeenth century to the present. Mickey Griffin from the Legion of Honor will share pieces made in India or Europe associated with maharajas or their courts – these objects include jewelry for ceremonial occasions, weapons, and precious works of art.

December 11
Gauguin: A Spiritual Journey

Paul Gauguin’s inner quests and imaginings and his intimate relationships shaped his experiences, his work, and his development as an artist. Maureen O’Brien, a docent from the de Young Museum, will share stories of how Gauguin’s relationships with his wife, other artists, and people he encountered during his sojourns infused his extraordinary and enigmatic art.