Inventory number
P00444
Author
Titian [Vecellio di Gregorio Tiziano]
Title
The Virgin Dolorosa with her Hands Apart
Chronology
1555
Technique
Oil
Material
Marble
Dimensions
68 cm x 53 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, antecámara de Su Majestad, 1772, nº 957).

An image of the Virgin Mary mourning her Son's suffering. With her hands joined in prayer, she weeps for Christ and intercedes on behalf of the faithful. In this case, the faithful party is Carlos V (1500-1558) who commissioned the work. The emperor was very interested in this type of image and took it with him when he retired to the Monastery of Yuste (Caceres), along with another Mater Dolorosa (P00443), which is also in the Prado Museum collection.

The present work was taken to the Monastery of El Escorial by Felipe II in 1574 and was registered in the 1600 inventory of Madrid's Alcázar Palace as a companion to Ecce Homo (P00437), another of Titian's works in the Prado Museum collection. From there, it entered the Prado Museum collection in 1821.

 
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