European Art
Artist: Diego Velázquez, Spanish, 1599–1660

The Education of the Virgin

ca. 1617–18

Oil on canvas

unframed: 168 x 136 cm (66 1/8 x 53 9/16 in.) framed: 207.01 x 175.26 x 198.12 cm (81 1/2 x 69 x 78 in.)
Gift of Henry H. Townshend, B.A.1897, LL.B. 1901, and Dr. Raynham Townshend, B.S. 1900S
17th century
On view

According to a note on the old card, this was found in storage and assigned its inventory number in September, 1959. An old negative in the registrar's files dates to December 1946.

It is almost certainly half of the the Oct 1925 gift of 2 framed paintings, religious subjects, Spanish School, style of Murillo, from Henry Hotchkiss Townshend (B.A. 1897, LL.B. 1901) and Raynham Townshend MD (B.S. 1900S). The record of that gift, copied from the minutes of the School of Fine Arts, was appended to the minutes of the Governing Board in October 1946, which might have been the impetus for the December 1946 photograph.

Probably from the collection of Captain Charles Henry Townshend.

Raynham Townshend was a member of the Yale faculty, he lectured at School of Fine Arts on anatomy (from A Modern History of New Haven and Eastern New Haven County by Everett Gleason Hill).


John J. Marciari, “Redescubriendo a Velázquez/Velázquez Rediscovered: The Education of the Virgin at Yale,” Ars Magazine 3 (2010): 52–66, ill.

Tanya J. Tiffany, Early Paintings and the Culture of Seventeenth-Century Seville (University Park, Pa.: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012), 9–11, fig. 5–6.

Matthias Weniger, Spanische Malerei (Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 2012), 138–39, fig. abb. 23.2.

John J. Marciari et al., El joven Velázquez: “La educación de la Virgen” de Yale restaurada, Spanish ed. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2014).

John J. Marciari et al., The Young Velázquez: “The Education of the Virgin” Restored, English ed. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2014).

John J. Marciari et al., El joven Velázquez: a propósito de la educación de la Virgen de Yale, ed. Benito Navarrete Prieto (Seville, Spain: Espacio Santa Clara, Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Sevilla, 2015), ill.

Véronique Gérard Powell, “La chair du Récit,” Dossier de L’Art (2015): 54–55, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.