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My favorites from the terrific Legion of Honor in SF

The plaza and fountain in front of the Legion of Honor is the western terminus of the 3389 mile Lincoln Highway, the first improved road for automobiles across America (the eastern terminus is NYC's Times Square)

The plaza and fountain in front of the Legion of Honor is the western terminus of the 3389 mile Lincoln Highway, the first improved road for automobiles across America (the eastern terminus is NYC's Times Square)

Eiffel Tower, Georges Seurat, ca. 1889; the Eiffel Tower, the great symbol of industrial modernity that was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, wasn't quite finished when this painting was completed (it just fades into the sky)

Eiffel Tower, Georges Seurat, ca. 1889; the Eiffel Tower, the great symbol of industrial modernity that was built for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, wasn't quite finished when this painting was completed (it just fades into the sky)

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, ca. 1914-17; the Legion of Honor was the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the sugar magnate and thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder Adolph B. Spreckels

Water Lilies, Claude Monet, ca. 1914-17; the Legion of Honor was the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels, wife of the sugar magnate and thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder Adolph B. Spreckels

The Three Shades, Auguste Rodin, 1898; originally intended to be atop Rodin's Gates of Hell; this never completed project was Rodin's answer to Ghiberti's massive Gates of Paradise (1425-1452) for the Baptistry in Florence

The Three Shades, Auguste Rodin, 1898; originally intended to be atop Rodin's Gates of Hell; this never completed project was Rodin's answer to Ghiberti's massive Gates of Paradise (1425-1452) for the Baptistry in Florence

Joris de Caullery, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632; this sitter was a militiaman (gentleman soldier) from The Hague, who had a long and distinguished naval career, including service during the Dutch maritime wars with England and the Baltic States

Joris de Caullery, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632; this sitter was a militiaman (gentleman soldier) from The Hague, who had a long and distinguished naval career, including service during the Dutch maritime wars with England and the Baltic States

The scene on the front of this colossal krater (ca. 330 BC) captures the climatic moment in the Trojan War narrated in Homer's Iliad when Iris, the gods' winged messenger, urges the mourning Greek hero Achilles to return to the fray

The scene on the front of this colossal krater (ca. 330 BC) captures the climatic moment in the Trojan War narrated in Homer's Iliad when Iris, the gods' winged messenger, urges the mourning Greek hero Achilles to return to the fray

Portrait of a Gentleman in White, Frans Hals, ca. 1637; this Dutch Golden Age portrait artist painted faces that were not idealized and were clearly distinguishable, with their personalities revealed in a variety of poses and facial expressions

Portrait of a Gentleman in White, Frans Hals, ca. 1637; this Dutch Golden Age portrait artist painted faces that were not idealized and were clearly distinguishable, with their personalities revealed in a variety of poses and facial expressions

Peasant Girl with Sheep, Julien Dupre, ca. 1895; the Legion of Honor is seen in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo (1958) when Scottie (played by James Stewart) follows Madeleine Elster (played by Kim Novak) to the museum

Peasant Girl with Sheep, Julien Dupre, ca. 1895; the Legion of Honor is seen in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo (1958) when Scottie (played by James Stewart) follows Madeleine Elster (played by Kim Novak) to the museum

Sunflowers along the Seine, Gustave Caillebotte, ca. 1885-86; Caillebotte was a model for his friend Auguste Renoir's 1881 painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party; he stopped exhibiting at 34, instead gardening and building and racing yachts

Sunflowers along the Seine, Gustave Caillebotte, ca. 1885-86; Caillebotte was a model for his friend Auguste Renoir's 1881 painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party; he stopped exhibiting at 34, instead gardening and building and racing yachts

View of Rome: The Bridge and Castel Sant'Angelo with the Cupola of St. Peter's, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1826-27; by painting outdoors and focusing on the element of light, Corot heavily influenced later Impressionists

View of Rome: The Bridge and Castel Sant'Angelo with the Cupola of St. Peter's, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 1826-27; by painting outdoors and focusing on the element of light, Corot heavily influenced later Impressionists

At the Milliner's, Eduoard Manet, 1881; Manet's frank depictions of modern women, often in informal moments, astonished a French public accustomed to female models as mythological or historical characters

At the Milliner's, Eduoard Manet, 1881; Manet's frank depictions of modern women, often in informal moments, astonished a French public accustomed to female models as mythological or historical characters

Peapods and Insects, Jan van Kessel II, ca. 1650; fun fact - Levi Strauss, a Bavarian immigrant, came to San Francisco in the 1850’s and quickly saw a business opportunity for creating must-needed clothing for the gold rush miners

Peapods and Insects, Jan van Kessel II, ca. 1650; fun fact - Levi Strauss, a Bavarian immigrant, came to San Francisco in the 1850’s and quickly saw a business opportunity for creating must-needed clothing for the gold rush miners

Sailboats on the Seine at Petit-Gennevilliers, Claude Monet, 1874; it has been suggested that this picture is the canvas seen on the easel in Eduoard Manet's famous Monet Painting in his Studio Boat

Sailboats on the Seine at Petit-Gennevilliers, Claude Monet, 1874; it has been suggested that this picture is the canvas seen on the easel in Eduoard Manet's famous Monet Painting in his Studio Boat

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, William Holman Hunt, 1868; this work, depicting a scene from John Keats's poem Isabella, or the Pot of Basil, shows the heroine caressing the basil pot in which she had buried the severed head of her murdered lover Lorenzo

Isabella and the Pot of Basil, William Holman Hunt, 1868; this work, depicting a scene from John Keats's poem Isabella, or the Pot of Basil, shows the heroine caressing the basil pot in which she had buried the severed head of her murdered lover Lorenzo

Mme Clementine Valensi Stora, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1870; this piece depicts a young Jewish woman in Algerian costume and is not typical of Renoir's work; Stora called it horrible and the painting was once owned by Claude Monet

Mme Clementine Valensi Stora, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1870; this piece depicts a young Jewish woman in Algerian costume and is not typical of Renoir's work; Stora called it horrible and the painting was once owned by Claude Monet

Portrait of Charles de Verninac, Eugene Delacroix, ca. 1826; the Legion of Honor appears in the 1993 miniseries Tales of the City, based on the first of the Tales of the City series of novels by Armistead Maupin

Portrait of Charles de Verninac, Eugene Delacroix, ca. 1826; the Legion of Honor appears in the 1993 miniseries Tales of the City, based on the first of the Tales of the City series of novels by Armistead Maupin

The Tribute Money, Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1610-15; Rubens tended to paint mythical and biblical themes, but wasn’t the only artist to render The Tribute Money; Masaccio and Titian did their own (better known) versions in 1427 and 1516, respectively

The Tribute Money, Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1610-15; Rubens tended to paint mythical and biblical themes, but wasn’t the only artist to render The Tribute Money; Masaccio and Titian did their own (better known) versions in 1427 and 1516, respectively

The Marriage of Tobias and Sarah, Jan Steen, ca. 1673; a 17th century take on an Old Testament story in which Sarah has been married 7 times previously and all 7 husbands died on their wedding nights

The Marriage of Tobias and Sarah, Jan Steen, ca. 1673; a 17th century take on an Old Testament story in which Sarah has been married 7 times previously and all 7 husbands died on their wedding nights

Flowers in a Vase, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1882; the Legion of Honor was modeled after the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, one of the distinguished 18th-century landmarks on the left bank of the Seine

Flowers in a Vase, Henri Fantin-Latour, 1882; the Legion of Honor was modeled after the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, one of the distinguished 18th-century landmarks on the left bank of the Seine

The Russian Bride's Attire, Konstantin Makovsky, 1889; despite being only 7 sq mi, SF has poor public transit within the city as most routes are designed only to get people into downtown; most intersections are 4 way stops making it safer for pedestrians

The Russian Bride's Attire, Konstantin Makovsky, 1889; despite being only 7 sq mi, SF has poor public transit within the city as most routes are designed only to get people into downtown; most intersections are 4 way stops making it safer for pedestrians

Flowers in a Silver Vase, Willem van Aelst, 1663; I'm just drawn to the precision and attention to detail in these still life paintings; this artist was from Delft which is a charming and very interesting Dutch town

Flowers in a Silver Vase, Willem van Aelst, 1663; I'm just drawn to the precision and attention to detail in these still life paintings; this artist was from Delft which is a charming and very interesting Dutch town

Mary Queen of Scots, Albert Carrier-Belleuse, ca. 1860-69; built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building with an impressive collection of 4,000 yrs of ancient and European art

Mary Queen of Scots, Albert Carrier-Belleuse, ca. 1860-69; built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux-arts building with an impressive collection of 4,000 yrs of ancient and European art

The Merry Company, Dierk Hals, 1626; younger brother to Frans Hals, the artist was a noted Dutch Golden Age painter of merry company scenes, festivals and ballroom scenes; he was born in Haarlem, one of my favorite Dutch towns

The Merry Company, Dierk Hals, 1626; younger brother to Frans Hals, the artist was a noted Dutch Golden Age painter of merry company scenes, festivals and ballroom scenes; he was born in Haarlem, one of my favorite Dutch towns

The Grand Canal, Venice, Claude Monet, 1908; Alma Spreckels created the Book of Gold in which the names of 3600  Californians who died in WW1 are inscribed; the book was dedicated to the Gold Star mothers

The Grand Canal, Venice, Claude Monet, 1908; Alma Spreckels created the Book of Gold in which the names of 3600+ Californians who died in WW1 are inscribed; the book was dedicated to the Gold Star mothers

Victor Hugo, Auguste Rodin, 1883; most of the Rodin's here were acquired directly from the sculptor's studio, making it one of the precious few collections anywhere of casts made during the artist's lifetime

Victor Hugo, Auguste Rodin, 1883; most of the Rodin's here were acquired directly from the sculptor's studio, making it one of the precious few collections anywhere of casts made during the artist's lifetime

The 1924 Spreckels Organ was designed to blend into the museum's structure with its 4,500 pipes not visible; the ceiling of the gallery is canvas so that the organ can be heard throughout the gallery and museum with concerts every Saturday at 4pm

The 1924 Spreckels Organ was designed to blend into the museum's structure with its 4,500 pipes not visible; the ceiling of the gallery is canvas so that the organ can be heard throughout the gallery and museum with concerts every Saturday at 4pm

Alma Spreckels started collecting Rodin sculptures after meeting him in Paris in 1914; part of the museum's founding collection, the Rodin's grew to more than 100 by the 1940s

Alma Spreckels started collecting Rodin sculptures after meeting him in Paris in 1914; part of the museum's founding collection, the Rodin's grew to more than 100 by the 1940s

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