Sunday, September 11, 2011

Il mio figlio dov'è

Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1618-1682)
Mater dolorosa
c 1665
Oil on canvas
1.66m x 1.07m
The Museum of Fine Art, Seville

Meister der Goslarer Sibyllen
Mater Dolorosa
1501 - 1515
Rathaus, Goslar

Ernst Deger 1809 - 1885
Mater Dolorosa
Oil on canvas
Dom-Museum, Hildesheim

It is said of Deger that he "lived in religion, had a profound conviction of the nobility of his art, and painted what he felt, believed and hoped."

He was only twenty-one when his "Pietà" brought him fame, and thenceforth he devoted himself to religious painting.

The Seven Sorrows of Mary are:

at the prophecy of Simeon;
at the flight into Egypt;
having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem;
meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary;
standing at the foot of the Cross;
Jesus being taken from the Cross;
at the burial of Christ

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) wrote two oratorios dedicated to The Seven Sorrows of Mary (1703) and (1717). Here is an extract from one with an aria sung by Sara Mingardo: "Il mio figlio dov'è", "My son, where is he ?"