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American photographer Donald Blumberg (born 1935) began his career making black-and-white photographs of the streets and people of New York. He first gained national...
The recent 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; an unveiling in Seville, the birthplace of the artist; and inclusion in the Musée du Louvre’s recent Velázquez exhibition, the painting has returned to New Haven and is now on view in the European art galleries. Learn more about this remarkable painting—including its history at Yale, its iconography, Velázquez’s models, and the extensive conservation campaign undertaken by Gallery conservators to recover the hidden beauty of this captivating work—in The Young Velázquez: “The Education of the Virgin” Restored.