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

The Education of the Virgin

ca. 1617–18

Oil on canvas

unframed: 168 × 136 cm (66 1/8 × 53 9/16 in.)
Gift of Henry H. Townshend, B.A. 1897, LL.B. 1901, and Dr. Raynham Townshend, B.S. 1900S
On view
17th century

Probably from the collection of Captain Charles Henry Townshend; Henry Hotchkiss Townshend and Raynham Townshend; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


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: “La educación de la Virgen” de Yale restaurada, Spanish ed. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2014).

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

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

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.

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

Roberto Alonso Moral and Musée du Louvre, Velazquez sous la direction scientifique de Guillaume Kientz (Paris: Reunion des Musees Nationaux, 2015), 116–19, no. 14, fig. 9.

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.

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