TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Mater Dolorosa

1553-54
Oil on marble, 68 x 53 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Paintings showing the grieving Virgin were popular devotional images. This Mater Dolorosa with outstretched hands was painted in 1553-54 as the counterpart of Ecce Homo, which Titian painted for the emperor in 1548. It was was commissioned by Mary of Hungary, the elder sister of Emperor Charles V.