Virgin of Sorrows
Virgin of Sorrows

Virgin of Sorrows

Francisco Meneses Osorio (Spanish, 1636-1721)

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The work of Meneses Osorio is often difficult to distinguish from that of Murillo, whose style he imitated and carried into the second decade of the 18th century. The delicate coloring and gentle sensibility of this small painting owes a great deal to Murillo's influence and was formerly attributed to him.


The Virgin of Sorrows was a popular devotional subject in 17th-century Spain. In this work, the Virgin's grief-stricken gaze is fixed on the shroud, crown of thorns, and nails in the foreground. This painting was probably intended as an aid to meditation on the instruments of Christ's Passion.

Marquess of Lansdowne, Lansdowne House, London, England, and Bowood, Wiltshire, England, by around 1840, until 1930;{1}
Sale at (Christie’s, London) in 1930.{2} (Howard Young Galleries, London and New York, New York) in 1930;{3} Purchased by Elizabeth Holmes Fisher [1867-1955], Los Angeles, California, in 1930.{4} (Newhouse Galleries, New York) by 1966; Purchased by Edith Whitehill Clowes, Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1966;{5} on long-term loan to the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1971; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields in 2018.

{1} See Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures belonging to the Marquess of Lansdowne, K.G. at Lansdowne House, London, and Bowood, Wilts., 1897, no. 98, as The Madonna in Prayer.
{2} Christie’s, London, Ancient and Modern pictures, 7 March 1930, lot no. 55. Notes at the USC Fisher Museum of Art suggest it was purchased by “Mason”.
{3} See information provided by the University of Southern California (USC) Fischer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, in e-mail correspondence June 2018.
{4} Ibid.
{5} Bill of Sale from Newhouse Galleries to Edith Whitehill Clowes, 6 June 1966, in Clowes Registration Archive, File C10056).

Object Information

artist
Francisco Meneses Osorio (Spanish, 1636-1721)
creation date
about 1690
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
20 x 14-3/4 in. (canvas)
36-7/8 x 25-1/8 in. (framed)
accession number
2018.32
credit line
The Clowes Collection
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors

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