Dirección Provincial del Instituto Nacional de la Seguridad Social. Warehouse in the Museo de Bellas Artes of A Coruña

Polychrome wood



Signed and dated. This work attends to the Exposición Nacional of 1948.

It depicts a girl with the archetypal physiognomy of Asorey: blue eyes, blond hair and rosy cheeks. She's preparing a small altar to the Virgin. This one consists of a worked base with vegetable motifs and the figure of a Virgin that follows the model proposed by Gregorio Fernández. The white apparel is decorated by a crown and gold-coloured Maria's anagram. The Virgin has loose sleeves, her hands are praying. The blue cape has gold-colored adornments too. She's surrounded by a wreath perhaps artificial flowers; the flowers seem to cover the lap of the girl, it's forming a garland to the sides. In both sides the girl has two Sargadelos vases with five fingers, this decoration produces in the third stage of the factory.

The girl wears a very beautiful kerchief deliciously worked, it covers her forehead and hair, hairstyle with two plaits. She wears a pale short sleeve shirt, blue bodice and apron, and reddish skirt with floral motifs at the bottom. She wears a typical clogs, Asorey used nails in the soles for added realism.

In a newspaper of the time there is a story starring a little girl and  the artist. The girl looked at the figure again and again, she was surrounding to it but not approaching. Funny Asorey asks to the little girl: "Do you like?" The girl replied: "Yes, but why not walk?"

Certainly the story has its precedent in Michelangelo. It's said that when the artist finished the figure of Moses looked and shouted: "Why don't you
speak?" The similarity of the two stories is evident, remaining the doubt of a coincidence or simply literature.