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Massacre Innocents Flemish Paint Oil on canvas Old master 17th Century Art


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Flemish painter of the 17th century The massacre of the innocents oil on the table cm. 39 x 50, In frame cm. 57 x 68 This fascinating 17th century work on wood, which still retains all the vigor typical of the 17th century mannerist style,, stages the episode of the Massacre of the Innocents, through a composition of great emotional effect; The biblical episode, taken from the Gospel of Matthew (2,1-16) is the epilogue in which Herod king of Judea "he sent to kill all the children who were in Bethlehem and in all its territory, who had less than two years". The scene stands out for the tangle of bodies: soldiers, one of them on horseback, women, and their slaughtered children. A violent scene, but tempered by the theatrical character of the representation, more like a whirlpool of actors than a real massacre. The lines, which give life to the sense of movement and confusion, reveal a knowledge of early mannerism, with reminiscences linked to the teachings of Raphael or Michelangelo. The painting gives great charm to anyone who loves and collects works of this era, characterized as in our case by a high quality and an uncommon expressive force. Note the detailed rendering of the individual characters, represented with precise attention to the faces and drapery of the clothes. The scene of the massacre is convulsive and dramatic, with mothers trying to save their children from soldiers' attacks. One of them, on the right side of the composition, reacts angrily to the abuse suffered by grabbing the hair of a Roman soldier who is tearing the creature, another reacts by biting his arm. The focal point of the work is the splendid white horse, seen from behind, and the soldier in armor with a helmet, who has just snatched his child from a woman kneeling on the ground. On the right, leaning against a stone pedestal, a woman in tears, her two lifeless children in front of her. This story, fundamental for the Christian tradition, was a subject very depicted and repeated by artists over the centuries: the episode taught those who could not read the sacred scriptures how dangerous the thirst for power of a single man could be. STORAGE: The table is in excellent condition. Slightly arched wooden top. The work is accompanied by the 17th century frame, in excellent condition. The work, like all our objects, is accompanied by a certificate of photographic authenticity in accordance with the law.


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    Flemish painter of the 17th century (1600 - 1699, Flemish)
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    Height: 22.45 in. (57 cm)Width: 26.78 in. (68 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    Riva del Garda, IT
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    1stDibs: LU98819096362

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