Painful Virgin

Polychromatic wood
Height 107 cm.
At the end of the 17th century

Tomás de Sierra was a Spanish Baroque sculptor who owned an extraordinary familiar workshop in Medina de Río Seco (Valladolid), where great activity and specialization took place.

This sculpture’s composition is directly inspired by its similar piece from Juan de Juni (Joigny, 1506 – Valladolid, 1577), located in the Anguish Church of Valladolid. However, the sculpture treated in this text possesses finer quality.

It is relevant to highlight some features of the art piece, which make possible to distinguish its authorship from Juan de Juni. On one hand, the right hand’s position shows a soft torsion of the wrist. On the other hand, the head’s position differs too, offering greater sensationalism.

Another difference to consider is the facial features modelling. The analysed piece presents  a smoother countenance than the piece attributed to Juan de Juni.

Its face represents a young Virgin with fleshy nose flared parts and a round chin which represents sweetness.

The analysed piece exhibits pompous folds that cover the figure in small nooks. The cloak and the tunic present subtle trimming polychromy as well as beautiful motifs on the attire.