Núestra Señora de los Dolores by Dennis Natividad · 365 Project
Our Lady of Sorrows
Pasion Y Gloria: An Exhibition of Filipino Lenten Images From 17th Century to Present
Manila Cathedral, Intramuros Manila
Osmundo Vicente was a santero from Malabon, Province of Manila. He was uncle and mentor to prominent 20th Century santero, Maximo Vicente (1885-1964). Vicente signed and dated these processional Marian images at the bases of the heads. He also supplied the location of his taller – “Crespo, Letra T , Manila”. Calle General Crespo was later to be known as R. Hidalgo Street in Manila’s Quiapo District.
The current oil coloration of the heads and hands are more recent and atrributed to Alfredo Contreras of Navotas. The images share one manequin de bastidor, so that the same image at the end of Good Friday procession appears at the Easter Sunday Salubong, save for the countenance behind the mourning veil.
The Mater Dolorosa’s accessories – rostrillo, heart and dagger – are of brass. Those of the Virgen Alegria – crown, jewelry as well as foliate and floral forms on the garments – are of silver dorada a fuego and cut lead crystals weathered through time.
In 2006, Mr. Francisco Vecin restored the manequin while Dr. Rafael Lopez rehabilitated the embroidery.