(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)
Massacre of the Innocents1451-52
Tempera on wood, 38,5 x 37 cm
Museo di San Marco, Florence
Herod, with crown and sceptre, watches from above the infanticide he has ordained. The sinister, dark-clad soldiers pour through the archway wielding black daggers against the children. The mothers, shown in a great variety of terrified postures and with looks of horror, attempt to protect their infants, but to no avail.