In 2010, John Marciari made worldwide news when he announced that a long-neglected painting in the storerooms of the Yale University Art Gallery was an important early masterpiece by Diego Velázquez. Depicting ‘The Education of the Virgin Mary’, the work was damaged, had no known provenance, and had never been on public view. While the reattribution began with a connoisseurial judgment, the case is supported further by research on painting in Seville and the first years of Velázquez’s career, by the study of provenance, and by technical examination in the conservation laboratory. Marciari’s lecture presents the case for the painting in a tale of discovery, detective work, and commentary on the art world’s reluctance to admit new works to the canon.
These engaging programs by noted curators and scholars enhance your understanding and appreciation of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Complimentary for Ringling Members at the Supporting Level and above, reservations required. $5 for all other Ringling Members and Florida College students and faculty with valid school I.D. $10 non-members.
Diego Velazquez, The Education of the Virgin, ca. 1617. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.