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PRINT January 1965

Man: Glory, Jest & Riddle, Parts I & II

CELEBRATING THE THESIS of the second epistle of Alexander Pope’s “Essay on Man,” San Francisco’s three museums recently joined in organizing an exhibition giving a broad survey of the human figure in art through the ages. It was arbitrarily divided among them, and this year being the 40th anniver­sary of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor may have had something to do not only with the timing of the project, but with the assignment to it of that period of art most influenced by the French.

Man: Glory, Jest and Riddle was chosen as the final title (from the last line of the poem), and works of art selected to record the erratic pattern of Man’s destiny as the artists have seen it. With much fanfare the show opened simultaneously at all three museums, and it was immediately apparent that, despite the capacity of the galleries, the subject had been treated at surface level only. One

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