Velázquez afternoon

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This double lecture provides an insight into the work of the Spanish master and explores The Art Fund's role in acquiring 'The Rokeby Venus'. There will be a break between talks for tea, which is included in the price.

From Velázquez's Perspective

Lecturer Jacqueline Cockburn

Velázquez is widely regarded as the greatest of all Spanish painters. This lecture will explore his use of space and perspective in order to analyse the claims that his struggle for nobility dominated his work. Jacqueline Cockburn is Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London, and Head of History of Art at Westminster School.

The Nation's Venus

Lecturer Mary Yule

In 1906 The Art Fund presented Velázquez's masterpiece The Toilet of Venus ('The Rokeby Venus') to the National Gallery after an intense campaign that captured the public imagination. This talk examines the fascinating story of the purchase and the relationship between art and national identity in the Edwardian era. Mary Yule, an art historian and museum consultant, was formly Director of Grants at The Art Fund.

To book, please call 08700 503 688. For general enquiries, contact the Events Department on 020 7225 4875, or email

Venue details

Wallace Collection Hertford House, Manchester Square, LONDON London W1U 3BN 020 7563 9500