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Virgin Dolorosa

  • Virgin Dolorosa. Albacete Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura

    Virgin Dolorosa. Albacete Provincial Museum © Ministerio de Cultura





1755 (18th century)

Cultural background


Original title

Virgen Dolorosa
Albacete Museum
Albacete, Castile-La Mancha

Bust by the prestigious sculptor Francisco Salzillo following a model which was habitual in this part of the 18th century.

This is a clay polychrome sculpture of a head and shoulders on a wooden base, representing the image of the Dolorosa. She appears with her face raised towards heaven and slightly turned towards the left, revealing her intense suffering which makes her all the more human.

This model of representation of La Dolorosa could be found both in female enclosed convents and in the chapels of private houses for use as the object of the household’s personal prayers, as in the case of this work. It formed a pair with an “Ecce Homo” which was discovered by Sánchez Jara and Leopoldo Ayuso in 1929.

Details of the work


Height = 47 cm; Width = 49 cm; Depth = 33 cm

Polychrome and carved

Clay with a wooden base


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