Mater Dolorosa

The Virgin is portrayed as the sorrowing mother (Mater Dolorosa), her hands clasped in prayer as she turns to contemplate her suffering son Jesus Christ, in the companion picture 'Christ Crowned with Thorns'.

Many versions of the composition exist, which must have been often repeated in the workshop of Dirk Bouts.

Key facts

Artist dates
1400? - 1475
Full title
Mater Dolorosa
Date made
probably about 1470-5
Medium and support
Oil on oak
36.8 x 27.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Diptych: Christ and the Virgin

Workshop of Dirk Bouts
probably about 1470-5
Workshop of Dirk Bouts: 'Christ Crowned with Thorns'