Nuestra Señora de Soledad (The Mourning Madonna)

Maker and role
Artist: José Benito Ortega, New Mexican, 1858-1941
ca. 1880-1900

Object detail

Wood, with water soluble paint, fabric, tin, leather, and bone
height, 32in (81.3cm)
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During the reenactments of Christ's Passion during Holy Week, Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, paired with a figure of Jesus, represented the meeting of Jesus and his mother at the foot of the cross.

While the upper body of this bulto is carved out of wood, the lower body consists of a wooden framework covered with stiffened and painted fabric.


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