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.