Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Massacre of the Innocents (1582-87)



Massacre of the Innocents (1582-87)
Il Tintoretto 1518 – 1594
oil on canvas (422 × 546 cm) — 1582-87
Matthew 2:16 - Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
King Herod ordered to kill all infant boys in Bethlehem, as he had been told that one of them would become king of the Jews.

In this painting there is no escape from the slaughter. On one side there is a high wall, and the background shows that the massacre continues outside.

This large canvas is one in a series on the life of Mary and the youth of Jesus, all made by Tintoretto. This Annunciation is also part of the series.
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