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The Mater Dolorosa returns to Tyntesfield

The Mater Dolorosa
Image caption The National Trust bought the Mater Dolorosa at auction in New York

A painting by a Spanish Old Master has returned to the hall of the National Trust's Tyntesfield in North Somerset.

The Mater Dolorosa, or Mother of Sorrows, hung in the Victorian house in the early 20th Century but was later moved.

The trust bought the painting, by the studio of Bartolome Esteban Murillo, at auction at Christie's in New York.

Murillo (1617-1682) is described as one of the greatest artists of the Spanish Golden Age.

A National Trust spokesman said the painting was believed to have been purchased by Williams Gibbs, who bought Tyntesfield in 1843.

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