Crash Courses in Art History

Crash Courses in Art History is a series of classes that teach curious lifelong learners how to look at, engage with, and discuss art using the de Young's and Legion of Honor's permanent collections. Taught by museum curators and educators, visiting scholars, and artists, each course enables participants to understand the trajectory of artistic developments as they relate to historical events. In addition to lectures and discussions, classes make ample use of the museum galleries, creating a truly unique educational experience. Each course is four weeks long.

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Docent Lecture: "Casanova: A Journey Through the Luxurious Arts of the 18th Century", by Rita Dunlay

Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (Italian, 1697–1768), "Entrance to the Grand Canal," ca. 1730
April 8, 2018 - 12:30pm1:30pm

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe explores the eighteenth century across Europe through the eyes of one of its most colorful characters, Giacomo Casanova (1725–1798). Renowned in modern times for his amorous pursuits, Casanova lived not only in Italy but also in France and England, and his travels took him as far afield as the Ottoman Empire and to meet Catherine the Great in Saint Petersburg.

Museum Store Sunday

Museum Store Sunday at the de Young and Legion of Honor
November 26, 2017 - 9:30am5:15pm

On Sunday, November 26, 2017, over 450 Museum Stores representing all 50 states, eight countries, and three continents will offer relaxing, inspired shopping inside your favorite museums and cultural institutions. Museum Store Sunday offers a special shopping experience in one-of-a kind stores, showcasing broad assortments of highly curated, unique, mission-specific gifts. From books to jewelry to children’s products to home accessories and gourmet food, there is something for everyone.

Travel Program

The Fine Arts Museums Travel Program offers exclusive opportunities to explore destinations around the globe with our expert curators. Enjoy behind-the-scenes access at leading museums, viewings of renowned private collections, visits to artists’ studios, and luxurious accommodations and dining on domestic and international trips designed exclusively for the Museums’ valued supporters.

For more information about the travel program, please contact us at patronscircle@famsf.org or 415.750.3555.

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