Mater Dolorosa (Mourning Mother)

Mater Dolorosa (Mourning Mother)

1776

George Romney

(British, 1734-1802)

Brown ink, pen and wash, with graphite underdrawing

Sheet: 50.1 x 29.3 cm (19 3/4 x 11 9/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1970.338

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Romney drew prolifically and his vivid spontaneity is most apparent in hundreds of bold studies rendered in a highly personalized style. This preparatory drawing was for an unrealized history painting intended to decorate the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. The simplified figure of the mourning Virgin was drawn with flowing lines and heavy ribbons of wash. Romney gave form to the mournful tone of his subject with descending lines that pool at the bottom of the composition. The Virgin’s oversized, pleading hands further emphasize the pathos of his subject.

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Collection: 
DR - British
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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