In about the year 1610 the Venerable Dominic of Jesus and Mary was walking on the streets of Rome and he discovered a painting of the Blessed Mother that was torn and covered with dirt. He retrieved it and repaired it. While praying before the image, the face of Our Lady became animated and she smiled and nodded her head in gratitude. "Fear not, my son, for your request is granted." The Blessed Mother then promised Doninic, "All those who implore my protection, devoutly honoring this picture, will obtain their petition, and will receive many graces. Moreover, I shall hearken in a special manner to the prayers that shall be addressed to me for the relief of the souls in Purgatory." After reading about this image, I was inspired to paint this painting of Our Lady of the Bowed Head.