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Mary looks into our eyes rather than heavenwards. She holds on to Jesus, as if she would not let Him go into the grave. Her black robe is indicative of mourning. We see tears in her eyes. The crown of thorns lying on a rock is covered with a tray with bread and a pitcher, most likely filled with wine. This is the sign of the sacrifice of Christ, to be held ever since in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Mary is not alone, but is encircled by angels. William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1876. [private collection]

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