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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.
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