Exterior View, Legion of Honor

Legion of Honor

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Interior View, Legion of Honor
2016 MO Studio, LLC, Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Interior View, Legion of Honor

Exterior View, Legion of Honor
©Henrik Kam, Henrik Kam

Exterior View, Legion of Honor

Interior View, Legion of Honor
2016 MO Studio, LLC, Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Interior View, Legion of Honor

Interior View, Legion of Honor
© FAMSF, Photo: Steve Whittaker / Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Interior View, Legion of Honor

Interior View, Legion of Honor
©Henrik Kam

Interior View, Legion of Honor

Interior View, Legion of Honor
Prized works by canonical masters of western civilisation are woven throughout this intimate collection. The monumental Neo-Classical edifice itself – a sophisticated example of 1920s elegance that was renovated to renewed splendour in 1995 – has a commanding presence on a spectacular site, with unsurpassed vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, the city and the Pacific Ocean beyond. This museum brings to mind a time when the fine arts epitomised civilisation’s highest values: Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker is here, as well as works by El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Fra Angelico and a generous trove of classical antiquities, in addition to noteworthy temporary old master shows and juxtapositions of contemporary art with works in the museums collection that reveal new meanings across decades and genres.

Collection Highlights


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Peter Paul Rubens

The Tribute Money
A363691

John Roddam Spencer Stanhope

Love and the Maiden
A303271

Jean-Léon Gérome

The Bath
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Claude Monet

Water Lilies
Auguste Rodin, %22The Thinker,%22 1888 (enlarged 1902–1903, cast ca. 1914). Bronze, 74 3_8 x 38 5_8 x 55 1_8 in. (189 x 98 x 140 cm). Inscribed: A. Rodin and A. Rudier _ Fondeur. Paris. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Alma de Bretteville Spr.jpg

Auguste Rodin

The Thinker
Legion of Honor: Collection Highlights
A303396
copyright Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, FAMSF/Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museum

Peter Paul Rubens

The Tribute Money, c.1612
oil on panel, 144.1 cm x 189.9 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, M.H. de Young Art trust Fund, 44.11 Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
A363691
Copyright: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Randy Dodson

John Roddam Spencer Stanhope

Love and the Maiden, 1877
tempera, gold paint and gold leaf on canvas, 137.2 cm x 200.7 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, European Art trust Fund, Grover A. Magnin Bequest Fund and Dorothy Spreckels Munn Bequest Fund, 2002.176 Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
A303271
copyright Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, FAMSF/Fine Arts Museums of San Francis

Jean-Léon Gérome

The Bath, c.1880-1885
oil on canvas, 73.7 cm x 59.7 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Mildred Anna Williams Collection, 1961.29 Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
A303595
copyright Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Joseph McDonald

Claude Monet

Water Lilies, c.1914-1917
oil on canvas, 166.1 cm x 142.2 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Mildred Anne Williams Collection, 1973.3 Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Auguste Rodin, %22The Thinker,%22 1888 (enlarged 1902–1903, cast ca. 1914). Bronze, 74 3_8 x 38 5_8 x 55 1_8 in. (189 x 98 x 140 cm). Inscribed: A. Rodin and A. Rudier _ Fondeur. Paris. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Alma de Bretteville Spr.jpg

Auguste Rodin

The Thinker, 1888 (enlarged 1902-1903, cast c.1914)
bronze, 189 cm x 98 cm x 140 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, 1924.18.1 Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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Mummy cartonnage Egyptian, Dynasty 21, 1069–945 BC Linen and gesso Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Gift of Adolph B. Spreckels Jr.  Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.jpg

The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine

14 May 2017 - 26 Aug 2018
The Maiden, 1913

Klimt & Rodin: An Artistic Encounter

14 Oct 2017 - 28 Jan 2018
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