The Massacre of the Innocents, Monogrammist PM
Monogrammist PM
The Massacre of the Innocents
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Monogrammist PM

The Massacre of the Innocents, ca. 1480 – 1490


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161 x 263 mm
Physical Description
Engraving
Inventory Number
33640
Object Number
33640 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1860 as a gift from Johann David Passavant
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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The bible describes how when Christ came into the world, Herod heard that a future “king” had been born in Bethlehem. Fearing a challenge to his power, he ordered all newborn babies there killed. The engraving shows him leaning on a wall, holding a sceptre in his right hand and issuing the cruel command with his left. This is an indication that the engraver copied a composition that appears in mirror image in his print.

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Last update

28.05.2024