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Belgium, Bruges, between 1500 and 1526
M.363 fol. 89v

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Innocents: Massacre -- Soldier, wearing armor, holds sword in right hand and with left hand holds right arm of nude infant, in arms of mother, wearing headdress, kneeling on ground. Beside them is soldier, wearing armor, raising sword in right hand to strike infant held by second mother, wearing headdress, kneeling on ground. Scene amid buildings of city.
In illusionistic border is fountain in pond, in which are birds. On edge of the pond are rabbits, enclosed by wattle fence with gate. Birds are in sky. In background is landscape setting with buildings.

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