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Italy, Veneto, early 16th century
M.288 fol. 51r

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Innocents: Massacre -- Herod, crowned, holding scepter with right hand is seated at left. In foreground, executioner, holding knife with right hand, extends left hand, grasping right shoulder of mother clutching swaddled infant. Behind her is another mother holding infant moving away from another executioner. Bleeding bodies of two swaddled infants are on ground

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