Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Slaughter of the Innocents

1308-11
Tempera on wood
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena, Italy

As usual, Herod sits on a throne on a dais with his advisers, wears a crown, and points to the scene below. Non-traditional is the way Duccio evokes pathos by leading the eye in a sweeping S from the dais to the crowd of mothers and finally to the murdering soldiers and the heap of little corpses at their feet.

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Source: Web Gallery of Art