Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz
Virgin of Sorrows

Circa 1760
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
From the Convento de Nuestra Señora del Carmen del Santo Desierto, Tenancingo, Mexico

"Mater Dolorosa" or "Our Lady of Sorrows" images are characterized by one or more swords in Mary's breast. This painting departs from the usual iconography by including the source of her sorrow, the instruments used in the passion and crucifixion of her son.

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Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.