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Nuestra Señora de los Dolores

ca. 1675-1725 Unidentified carved and painted wood 14 7/8 x 7 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. (37.8 x 18.4 x 14.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Teodoro Vidal Collection 1996.91.55 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 21B


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Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (Our Lady of Sorrows) is based on a Gospel verse in which Mary learns that her son would die for the sins of mankind. When she presents the infant Jesus in the temple, she is told, “And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thought may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35). The fluid lines of the Virgin’s robe lead the worshiper’s eyes to her hands clasped in prayer.

Keywords

Religion - New Testament - Mary

State of being - emotion - sorrow

sculpture

wood