A talk on the ‘Art of the Vatican’ by local resident Mary Mountford de Hunt will take place in the Municipal Library in Tavira on Monday, February 4 at 6 pm.
For all of her life, Mary Mountford de Hunt has been involved in different aspects of the world of Art. Her interest in lecturing started in Brazil, where she was exhibiting her own paintings.
Because in the 1970s so little had been written about Brazilian Art or even recorded on the subject, she was invited to research the subject for a series of lectures on Brazilian Art.
In the 1980s, she and husband Arthur moved to the US where Mary joined a large private Contemporary Art museum as a lecturer. Later she and Arthur opened their own gallery in New York.
In 1983, part of the Vatican art collection came to New York and Mary had access to this most secretive of collections through her museum contacts. Information about the collection and photographic slides were also made available to her.
This current lecture on the Vatican Art Collection is a result of Mary Hunt being in the right place at the right time. She calls her lecture a mini history of Western Art.
There will no charge for the talk but voluntary monetary contributions are welcome. A dinner has been organised at a local restaurant in Tavira and Mary will be available at this dinner for further discussion of the Vatican art world.
This event is organised by the Algarve History Association.
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