Mater Dolorosa, by Unidentified

Creator: Unidentified (Spanish)
Date: 18th Century
Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 inches
Date Acquired: 2014-02-22
From Where?: Nice, France

I had been looking at hundreds of examples of the Virgin Mary since I started collecting, and with so many Old Masters tackling this subject it took something really great to make me drop everything and buy one. This one really met the highest standards that I could hold it to, because it sincerely and convincingly represented divine sorrow, whereas most depictions came off as worldly and technically flawed in an obvious manner. I looked at it as a far superior version of the Calliope in Reverie. This would stand out on the walls of any museum that I’ve been to.

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