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Past Exhibitions
Diego Velázquez, The Education of the Virgin (during treatment), ca. 1617. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Henry H. Townshend, B.A. 1897, LL.B. 1901, and Dr. Raynham Townshend, B.S. 1900s

El joven Velázquez: “La educación de la virgen” de Yale restaurada (The Young Velázquez: Yale’s “Education of the Virgin” Restored)

  • October 15, 2014–January 15, 2015
    Espacio Santa Clara, Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Sevilla, Seville Spain
On view in Seville, Spain, the birthplace of Diego Velázquez, this exhibition centers upon the Gallery’s Education of the Virgin (ca. 1617), recently reattributed to Velázquez as possibly his earliest major commission and newly restored after a ten-year conservation and research campaign. The canvas, which depicts Saint Anne teaching the young Virgin Mary to read, is displayed with two related works—a painting of the same subject by Juan de Roelas that is thought to have been the young Velázquez’s inspiration, and The Holy Family by Luis Tristán, whose work, like Velázquez’s, displays a new, naturalistic approach to intimate domestic subject matter. The exhibition offers an opportunity to examine the history, technique, and iconography of this previously unknown work by the most important painter of Spain’s Golden Age.
Exhibition co-organized by the Institute of Culture and Arts of Seville and the Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by a generous grant from Banco Santander.