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"La Madre Dolorosa" (Sorrowful Mother) wood sculpture (high relief) by AVonnHartung for Casa de Niños Manuel Fernandez Juncos (Miramar SJ, Puerto Rico

La Madre Dolorosa

“La Madre Dolorosa”
A high relief wood sculpture 27 x 33″,
by AVonnHartung
For chapel in Casa de Niños Manuel Fernández Juncos, (Miramar SJ, Puerto Rico), commissioned by Padre Julio Victor García

Expresses the agony of Jesus through his mother Mary. She contemplates the seven sorrows of her life, represented by the seven swords piercing her heart. She holds the crown of thorns and the nails of the cross, gathering the cloak which Pilate draped on her son, mocking him as a king; in the manner of its form and folds she appears to be with child, reliving the Annunciation, Immaculate Conception and the time she carried him in her womb. In the background are the walls of Jerusalem symbolizing the Pharisees’ rejection of his truth, their scorn, expulsion and condemnation. Jesus has been taken down from the cross but his tomb is still empty. He is, we can imagine, symbolically passing through the sacred heart of his Mother.

This life-size wood carving was commissioned in 1991 by Padre Julio Victor García for the chapel in Casa de Niños Manuel Fernández Juncos in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is carved in a wood locally known as “itaúba” which is extremely hard, dense and heavy. It comes from the Mato Grosso area in Brazil and is marketed as “Pau Lope” in the USA where it is principally used for decking.

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