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Virgin of Sorrows: M.7-2014

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Current Location: Gallery 8


Virgin of Sorrows
Mater Dolorosa


Sculptor: Mena, Pedro de


  • Bust
  • short torso without arms



Polychromed wood, with glass eyes and tears, and hair eye lashes

Smaller than life-size bust of wood, carved in several sections, and polychromed over a white ground, with inlaid glass eyes, hair upper lashes, and three applied tears. The sorrowing Virgin faces front. Her lips are slightly parted and she looks upwards slightly. A tear rolls down each of her cheeks and another has fallen onto the base of her neck. She wears a dull pale yellow dress and over her head has a dark blue cloak over another layer of fabric of a darker shade of yellow than her dress. The bust is attached to a shallow rectangular blackened wood plinth.


History note: Private Collection, Spain, acquired by the owner's grandmother when she was young; sold by Sotheby's, London, 2 July 2013, European Sculpture & Works of Ar: Medieval to Modern, lot 99; Daniel Katz Ltd., London, from whom purchased.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Museum's acquisition funds, grants from The Art Fund, the Henry Moore Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the Gatsby Foundation, the David Laing Foundation Trust, and the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and with private donations.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 19.8 cm
Height: 33.6 cm
Width: 31 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Malaga ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2014-10-30) by Daniel Katz Ltd


Third quarter of 17th century
Circa 1670 CE - 1675 CE

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Surface composed of paint ( polychrome)
Eylashes composed of animal hair
Eyes And Tea composed of glass

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Wood, carved in the round, in several pieces, and polychromed over a white ground, with inserted glass eyes and hair upper eye lashes; attached to a wooden plinth secured by two large wrought metal nails inserted through the bottom of the plinth upwards into the main body

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7-2014
Primary reference Number: 200915
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_7_2014
Wikidata: Q87487374
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Created: Tuesday 24 February 2015 Updated: Saturday 9 October 2021 Last processed: Saturday 9 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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