(b. 1624, Genova, d. 1659, Genova)

Massacre of the Innocents

Oil on canvas, 122 x 172 cm
Private collection

Valerio Castello treated the theme of the Massacre of the Innocents (Matthew 2:16-17) on several occasions, all during his artistic maturity and after 1650, which was fairly early in his career, since he died aged barely thirty-five. The present painting is the first version of the theme by Castello.