The splendor of fall exhibits

Marie-Antoinette and the Petit Trianon at VersaillesLegion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco Nov. 17-Feb. 17, 2008 This show, featuring 88 objects of furniture, painting and sculpture, examines the visual history of the star-crossed French queen's chateau at Versailles. 415-750-3600;

Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Oct. 21-Jan. 27, 2008 This huge show — 230 objects — examines one of the grandest, most opulent decorative styles, inspired by Greco-Roman antiquity and the glorification of the little Corsican general who championed it to help legitimize his reign. 617-267-9300;

European Artists

The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of ArtMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York Sept. 18-Jan. 6, 2008 All 228 Dutch paintings in the Met's collection (widely considered the best outside Europe) will be on view for this show, which commemorates the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth. Hals, Vermeer and other Dutch masters are highlighted, too. 212-535-7710;

J.M.W. TurnerNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Oct. 1-Jan. 6, 2008 This show of 70 oils and 70 works on paper include some of the best-known and most-admired art of this 19th-century Romantic master. 202-737-4215;


Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah From Slave Ship to Pirate Ship Cincinnati Museum Center Through Jan. 2, 2008 The title explains it all. On view are 200 objects recovered in 1984 from the wreck of the slaveship turned pirate ship, which sank off Cape Cod in April 1717. 513-287-7000;

Ancient Art

The Louvre and the Ancient WorldHigh Museum of Art, Atlanta Oct. 16-Sept. 7, 2008 This show, along with accompanying exhibit The Eye of Josephine, continues High's partnership with the French national museum. Featured are more than 70 masterpieces from the Louvre's Egyptian, Near Eastern and Greco-Roman collections. 404-733-4444;

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