Engraving, sheet 270 x 355mm. 10˝ x 14". Stained in title area.
A dramatic and terrible scene depicting the Massacre of the Innocents, an episode of mass infanticide by the King of Judea, Herod the Great, that appears in the Gospel of Matthew 2:16-18. The author, traditionally believed to be Matthew the Evangelist, reports that Herod ordered the execution of all young male children in the village of Bethlehem, so as to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been announced to him by the Magi. The infants, known in the Church as the Holy Innocents, have been claimed as the first Christian martyrs. Engraved by German engraver Johann Jakob Sartor (1706 - 1737 fl.), who worked in London. The source image is Rubens' painting, c.1636-8 (Munich, Alte Pinakothek), which had itself been the subject of an engraving by Pontius in the 1640s.
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