Nicolas Poussin 1593/94 – 1665

Massacre of the Innocents

oil on canvas (97 × 131 cm) — 1626-1627 Museum Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville, Paris

Nicolas Poussin biography

This work is linked to Matthew 2:16

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King Herod's men kill all small children in Bethlehem. They show no mercy, even when the women beg them to.

The spectator is drawn into the horrible scene by the woman in the center. She catches the eye by looking directly at us.

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