Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Collection
Artstor Digital Library is collaborating with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to share approximately 2,000 digital photographs from the permanent collection. Comprising the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is the largest public arts institution in San Francisco and one of the largest art museums in the United States. Selections from both museums' collections are represented in Artstor with nearly 18,000 images, ranging from paintings to sculpture, costume to decorative arts, with a special focus on works on paper (prints, drawings, photographs).
Founded in 1895, the de Young is San Francisco's oldest museum. Long known as the City's Museum, the de Young has been recognized for its many educational arts programs for children and adults. Its new facility, which opened in 2005, was designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chang Architects in San Francisco. It houses one of the finest collections of American paintings in the United States, with more than 1000 paintings from the 17th through the 20th centuries. The de Young collection also boasts strengths in non-Western Art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The Oceania collections were charter collections of the de Young, with their nucleus formed in 1894 at the California Midwinter Fair. A highlight is the Jolika Collection of Marcia and John Friede, with over 400 masterworks of New Guinea art. To represent the richness of the Art of the Americas, the de Young presents objects from Mesoamerica, Central and South America, as well as the West Coast of North America. Another notable specialized collection are the de Young's textiles, which represent a range of geography, tradition, and technique from fine fashionable costume from the 18th century to the present, to one of the most important collections of European tapestries in the United States.
The Legion of Honor was built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I. A beautiful Beaux Arts building, the Legion is noted for its breathtaking setting in Lincoln Park, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, and all of San Francisco. The building is also home to a collection of European paintings from the 14th through the 20th centuries, and European decorative arts, furniture, and sculpture, including a world-famous collection of Rodin sculpture. An original cast of Rodin's Thinker is situated in the Court of Honor. The collection of ancient art includes antiquities from throughout the Mediterranean and the Near East, including Greece, Rome, Egypt, Assyria, and Mesopotamia. The Legion also houses one of largest collections of works on paper in the United States. With more than 70,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and illustrated books, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts collection spans six centuries and features works by artists such as Dürer, Gauguin, Malevich, Kandinsky, and O'Keeffe, as well as Japanese prints and Persian and Indian miniatures.