BARTOLOMÉ ESTEBAN MURILLO

Seville 1617 – 1682

Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows)

Oil on canvas

63.7 x 53.5 cm.

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BARTOLOMÉ ESTEBAN MURILLO

Seville 1617 – 1682

This painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, which depicts the Virgen Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows), is an important new piece in the catalogue raisonné of works by the Sevillian artist. After the study and comparison of sizes and techniques, it is clear that it comes from the same collection as the Ecce Homo (oil on canvas, 63.7 x 53.3 cm) that belonged to Richmond’s prestigious Cook Collection.

The pairing of the Ecce Homo and the Dolorosa as a pictorial theme enjoyed a certain success among the devotional images by Sevillian clientele in the 17th century and they were also created in sculpture, as shown by the two busts of Pedro Roldán preserved in the sacristy of the Church of San Alberto in Seville.

The creation of the icons of Murillo’s Ecce Homo and the Dolorosa provided knowledge of the engravings of this subject by Titian, allowing the  evillian painter to discover the original works painted by the Italian in 1658 at the Alcázar of Madrid.

José Gómez Frechina

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BARTOLOMÉ ESTEBAN MURILLO

Seville 1617 – 1682

Dolorosa (Our Lady of Sorrows)

Oil on canvas

63.7 x 53.5 cm.