This painting in one of series incorporating the text from the 13th century Catholic hymn to Mary, which portrays her suffering as a mother of Christ during his crucifixion. Many composers, such as: Palestrina, Pergolesi, Haydn, Rossini, Pärt, etc. have set the text to music. The aim of the painting is to highlight parts of this ancient Latin text, to convey the universality of its message of grief; its relevance to mothers anywhere and any time, for the loss of their children, such as in the civil war in Syria.
English Translation of Latin Text At the Cross her station keeping, Stood the mournful Mother weeping, Close to her Son to the last.
English Translation of Arabic Text Over 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the civil war (based on BBC news reports)