The Education of the Virgin Artist: Diego Velázquez (Spanish, 1599–1660)

ca. 1617–18

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Oil on canvas


unframed: 66 1/8 × 53 9/16 in. (168 × 136 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Townshend, B.A. 1897, LL.B. 1901, and Dr. Raynham Townshend, B.S. 1900S

Accession Number



17th century


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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., 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
  • 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
  • Véronique Gérard Powell, "La chair du Récit," Dossier de L'Art (2015), 54–55, ill
  • 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),
  • Tanya J. Tiffany, Early Paintings and the Culture of Seventeenth-Century Seville (University Park, Pa.: 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, "Redescubriendo a Velázquez/Velázquez Rediscovered: The Education of the Virgin at Yale," Ars Magazine 3 (2010), 52–66, ill
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