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A milestone in the history of publishing, the Nuremberg Chronicle (Liber Chronicarum) of 1493 was a hugely ambitious book documenting the entire history of the world back to the Creation with a sprawling text by German scholar Hartmann Schedel and an extensive illustration program in woodcut. This exhibition presents the complete Nuremberg Chronicle alongside a selection of its woodcut plates featuring city views and biblical imagery. Also on view are bound copies and single leafs from other important publications from the same era and later—the late 15th and early 16th centuries. More info and tickets...
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The legendary Louvre of Paris may be the most famous museum in the western world, but now you don't have to spend thousands of dollars crossing the pond to see its collections. Officials from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Musée du Louvre have signed what they have termed an "international accord". In short, they'll be collaborating on a series of exhibitions and exchanges over the next several years.
Under terms of the agreement, the Louvre and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which include the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum, will work together to identify art works suitable for short or long-term loans. The loans and exhibitions may include antiquities, paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and textiles. No specific work was mentioned, but it's highly doubtful that the Mona Lisa or Venus de Milo will be getting FedExed our way anytime soon.
Some of the Louvre treasures on display at the Legion of Honor.
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee attended the signing, where he reassured a gathering of art patrons and local media that the city would continue its long-standing support of local museums despite looming budget cuts. Following the briefing, event organizers previewed the first exchange covered under the accord, Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette,