Mater Dolorosa, by Francesco Cozza (1605-1682).

Oil on canvas, 86.5cm by 65cm.

The Mater Dolorosa, or Mother of Sorrows, was a favourite subject in Roman Catholic Marian art and is one of three popular artistic representations of the sorrowful Virgin Mary.

The artist, who studied under Domenichino in Rome, is best known for his frescoes, particularly the ceiling fresco in the library of the Palazzo Pamphili in Piazza Navona in Rome.


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