Velazquez All Over Town

Diego Velazquez’s Portrait of Juan de Pareja, much discussed in Ayad Akhtar’s play Disgraced.


Ayad Akhtar’s drama Disgraced is being produced at nearly 20 regional theaters this season. But few of those theaters are in cities which have art museums which might own paintings by Velazquez, whose portraiture abilities are referenced frequently throughout Disgraced.

The Yale Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St., New Haven, is about a mile from the Long Wharf Theatre, where Disgraced is playing through Nov. 8.

Yale made international headlines when an unattributed work known as “Education of the Virgin” was found in the gallery’s basement, authenticated as a genuine Velazquez in 2010 and underwent a restoration just last year. The Yale Art Gallery also owns a black chalk Velazquez self-portrait.

At 3 p.m. on Nov. 1, there’s a Yale Art Gallery lecture on “Velazquez’s Masterpieces in Seville and Some New Proposals” by Salvador Salort-Pons of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Details are here.

Disgraced is about other things as well, of course, like cultural assimilation and the cutthroat business world and 9/11 and marriage. The Long Wharf is at 222 Long Wharf Dr., New Haven. (203) 787-4282.