DUCCIO di Buoninsegna
(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena)
Jeremiah (prophet 5)1308-11
Tempera on wood, 43 x 16 cm
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena
The scene of the Massacre of the Innocents is fully explained in the scroll of the prophet Jeremiah, where one can read: "Vox in Rama audita est, ploratus et ululatus multus: Rachel plorans filios suos" (Jeremiah 31, 15: A cry is heard in Rama, a groaning and bitter lamentation: Rachel is weeping for her sons).