Der bethlehemitische Kindermord

Der bethlehemitische Kindermord

Dating
um 1638
More about this artwork
The awful massacre as related in Matthew (2, 16-18) is one of Rubens late, compositional masterpieces. The action revolves around three main groups, in all of which the same interplay of murder and despair, ruthless killing and furious, yet hopeless resistance takes place. The groups on the right and the left function as self-contained units. The middle group directs the eye - from the figure who holds up a blood-stained cloth to heaven, a monument to maternal anguish - up to the palace, where Herod awaits information about the accomplishment of the deed.
Displayed
AP OG Saal VIII
Inventory Number
572
Birth year of the artist
1577
Year the artist deceased
1640
Dimensions of the object
198,5 x 302,2 cm
Material / Technology / Carrier
Eichenholz
Genre
Malerei
Department
Flämische Malerei
Origin
Aus der Kurfürstlichen Galerie
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubens, Der bethlehemitische Kindermord, um 1638, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/gR4k3B94Ee (Last updated on 17.05.2020)

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