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The publications program at the Gallery plays a vital role in the museum’s mission to encourage appreciation and understanding of art. The Gallery’s exhibition catalogues, annual Bulletin, and monographic titles serve a wide variety of audiences, from casual museum-goers to scholars. 

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The opportunity to renovate and reinstall the three-building complex that is now the Yale University Art Gallery brought with it, a little over ten years ago, an equally important opportunity for the Gallery’s curators to review and reconsider the museum’s historic collections. Fresh pairs of eyes examined works that had not been considered in generations—in some cases not for a century or more. Many wonderful discoveries emerged from this process, but none can compare to the beautiful but damaged Education of the Virgin, long inventoried as “anonymous Spanish, 17th century” but now thought to be the earliest-known major altarpiece by Diego Velázquez. After ten years of research and conservation work, the extraordinary narrative of the painting is chronicled here. Essays detail the history of the painting at Yale, its iconography, Velázquez’s models, and the extensive conservation campaign undertaken by Gallery conservators to recover the hidden beauties of this captivating painting. Currently on view in Seville, the birthplace of Velázquez, the painting will return to the Gallery next year, after its inclusion in the Musée du Louvre’s upcoming Velázquez exhibition.

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