DUCCIO di Buoninsegna
(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena)

Jeremiah (prophet 5)

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).

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 19 minutes):
Thomas Tallis: The Lamentations of Jeremiah