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San Francisco Legion of Honor Exhibit, “The Cult of Beauty” ends June 17
Can it be true- that the Victorian Era spawned “lifestyle” as we know it? Well, maybe not your exact lifestyle. . . but to help you with that concept is the San Francisco Legion of Honor’s current exhibit, “The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde, 1860-1900.

Christopher Dresser, Teapot, circa 1879This is the first major exhibition to explore the unconventional creativity of the British Aesthetic Movement, tracing its evolution from a small circle of progressive artists and poets through achievements of innovative painters and architects, to its broad impact on fashion and the middle-class home.

The artworks on view encompass the many forms of Victorian material culture: the traditional high art of painting, fashionable trends in architecture and interior decoration, handmade and manufactured furnishings for the “artistic” online casino home, art photography, and the new modes of dress.

The exhibit showcases the startling beauty of a variety of artists, from Dante Gabriel Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Armchair, 1884-1886 Rossetti, James McNeill Whistler and Edward Burne-Jones, to designers E. W. Godwin, William Morris and Christopher Dresser.

The Legion of Honor is the only U.S. venue on the world tour, which includes the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Exhibit ends June 17!

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Cover of “Salome” by Oscar Wilde, 1920

Just visiting the Palace of the Legion of Honor location, high on the headlands above San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge – is a treat hicup folks in SF should not miss! Find out more here about the museum’s history and heritage.

SF Legion of Honor Detail


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