“Broken Mother of God,” Luis de Morales – overview of the painting

“Broken Mother of God,” Luis de Morales – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Luis de Morales
  • Museum: Private collection
  • Year: 1570s

Overview of the painting :

Mourning Our Lady – Luis de Morales. Oil on canvas.

   The creative personality of Luis de Morales incredibly brightly sets aside his canvases among the many works of other representatives of Spanish mannerism. Extreme religiosity, immediacy, manners and expressiveness were able to give the artist’s paintings a rare aesthetics. Such aesthetics can be characterized by a special idealization of sacrifice and sorrow. The best paintings of Luis de Morales do not include large narrative stories, but creations dedicated to individual heroes, their emotional experiences and feelings.

   In the 1570s, one of the most mature works of the painter was created, known as the “Body Mother of God.”. The picture is an image of the crying Mary, the mother of Christ. The Virgin was not written by a young virgin, but by a suffering woman aged. On the cheeks of Mary, heavy tears flow, his eyes are cut off, his tired face is dark and mournful. Her hands are folded for prayer, however, the convulsive interweaving of the fingers speaks of Maria’s difficult inner state, confusion and deep grief. A similar topic of the suffering of Our Lady in Christian culture is usually associated with the execution and mourning of Jesus Christ.

   The immense sorrow and sadness of the mother are transmitted by the master through cold, dead green shades and deep shadows lying on the face and in the creases of clothes. The frozen static, exaggerated numbness of the figure and facial expressions, in stark contrast to the tense, carefully written hands, also helps the author complete the conceived image of Maria.

   The sad face of Our Lady attracts a look and leads to a tremulous, prayer state, which confirms the hidden plan of Morales: through the image of Mary’s grief show the wisdom, purity and perfection of the Divine providence that educates the human soul.