Book: The Young Velázquez

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The Young Velázquez: “The Education of the Virgin” Restored

Carmen Albendea, associate conservator of paintings at the Yale Art Gallery; Ian McClure, the Susan Morse Hilles Chief Conservator at the Yale Art Gallery; Anikó Bezur, the Wallace S. Wilson Director of Scientific Research at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage; Jens Stenger, conservation scientist at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage; John Marciari, the Charles W. Engelhard Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Morgan Library and Museum; and Benito Navarrete Prieto, professor of the history of art at the University of Alcalá

(Yale University Press)

Donated to the Yale University Art Gallery in 1925, “The Education of the Virgin” — depicting Saint Anne teaching a young Virgin Mary to read — was long considered to be a work by an unknown Spanish artist. Considerably damaged, the painting was relegated to storage and never carefully studied until 2005, when John Marciari reattributed the work to Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), the most significant painter of the Spanish Golden Age.

The narrative of this painting and its reattribution is chronicled in “The Young Velázquez,” accompanied by a detailed description of the painting’s conservation campaign and analysis of the artist’s technique.

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