DUCCIO di Buoninsegna
(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena)
Massacre of the Innocents (detail)1308-11
Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena
In this detail the painter contrasts the dense, dramatically emotional group of desperate women with the two soldiers who are calmly going about their work to kill the helpless children.