Inventory number
P00443
Author
Titian [Vecellio di Gregorio Tiziano]
Title
The Virgin Dolorosa with her Hands Clasped
Chronology
1554
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
68 cm x 61 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection

An image of the Virgin Mary mourning her Son's suffering. With her hands joined in prayer, she weeps for Christ and for his intercession on behalf of believers. In this case, the believer is Carlos V (1500-1558). This work was conceived as a pair with Titian's Ecce Homo (P00437), which is also in the Prado Museum.

Carlos V was very interested in this sort of images, and took both this Mater Dolorosa and another by Titian (P00444) with him on his retreat to the Monastery of Yuste in Caceres.

This Mater Dolorosa was later taken to the Monastery of El Escorial by Felipe II (1556-1598). From there, it entered the Prado Museum collection in 1839.

 
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