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Virgin Of Sorrows

Francisco Meneses Osorio (Spanish, 1636-1721)


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.

Object Information

artist
Francisco Meneses Osorio (Spanish, 1636-1721)
creation date
about 1690
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
20 x 14-3/4 in.
accession number
C10056
credit line
Courtesy of The Clowes Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945