Bertram of Minden ca. 1340 – 1414/15

Massacre of the Innocents

mixed techniques on panel (84 × 56 cm) — 1383 Museum Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Bertram of Minden biography

This work is linked to Matthew 2:16

When the three wise men do not tell king Herod where he can find the infant Jesus, he orders his men to kill all children under the age of two in Bethlehem.

This panel is one out of six in the Grabow altarpiece that depict scenes from the early days of Jesus. Master Bertram here ingeniously used the golden background to "paint" the king's golden crown and sceptre.

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