‘Monuments Men’ connection to San Diego Museum of Art is topic of Oct. 20 talk


Michael Brown, Ph.D., associate curator of European art for the San Diego Museum of Art, will discuss the role of the so-called “Monuments Men” in apprehending Hans VanMeegeren, who sold fake Vermeers to the Nazis, and the connection between the Monuments Men and the museum, which holds two paintings they rescued.

The “Monuments Men” are the subject of a recent book and movie about the U.S. Army unit in WWII that tracked down and repatriated works of art that had been looted and hidden by the Nazis.

“The Monuments Men and The Curious Case of History’s Most Notorious Art Forger” will be offered Monday, Oct. 20, in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Del Mar, 15th Street and Maiden Lane (across from the Del Mar Plaza). Registration and refreshments are at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting is from 10-11:30 a.m. Cost is free for San Diego Museum of Art, North County Chapter members and first-time guests; $5 for all others. Call 760-704-6436; visit