Free Lecture on The Spanish Lady Painting February 26

Old Monterey Foundation launches its 2019 season of free lecture events sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County with The Spanish Lady Painting and the Fight Against Communism.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, MIIS
499 Pierce Street, Monterey

Free Admission – Reception to follow with wine and cheese

The Lara Soto Adobe on the Middlebury Institute (MIIS) campus displays a painting referred to as “the Spanish Lady.” It was painted by Ignacio Zuloaga (1870-1945), a Spanish artist who was as nationalistic in his politics as he was in his art. He aligned himself with Franco in the Spanish Civil War while his art harkens back to the great Spanish Baroque painters.

Lecturer Pieter Broucke will trace:

  • The path that brought the painting, together with a cluster of related materials, from pre-WWII Spain to Monterey, California, by way of Claude Kinnoull, a British countess;
  • Her conversion to Catholicism and subsequent involvement with Pope Pius XI and the Catholic missionaries in Africa;
  • Her sympathies for Franco during the Spanish Civil War; and, after she migrated to California
  • Her role in the founding of the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, now the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, at the height of the Cold War.

About Pieter Broucke
Pieter Broucke is a professor of history of art and architecture at Middlebury College in Vermont. Trained initially as an architect in Ghent Belgium, he received an MA in archaeology from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in art history from Yale University. His research, including fieldwork, is in classical archaeology in Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. He currently serves as the Director of the Arts at Middlebury.

Bill Wojtkowski, President of the Old Monterey Foundation Board of Directors, will also present a short overview of recent improvements accomplished and planned for the Lower Presidio Historic Park.

For more information about Old Monterey Foundation, call (831) 346-3030.

The lectures are very popular so attendees are urged to come early to secure a seat.
This lecture is suitable for ages 9 and up.

The event is hosted by Old Monterey Foundation and is sponsored by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.