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Massacre of the Innocents
  • Martin Johann Schmidt
    1718–1801
    born: Grafenwörth, Archduchy of Austria (present-day Krems an der Donau, Austria) ; died: Stein, Archduchy of Austria (present-day Austria)
  • Massacre of the Innocents, 1700s
  • Where object was made: Austria
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 34.9 x 47 cm
    Canvas/Support: 13 11/16 x 18 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1959.0056
Description

Figures in a cityscape. Soldiers in armor with swords and daggers attacking women and children in the foreground. Building with staircase in the top left quadrant. Soldier bottom left with proper right hand raised, sword in hand, preparing to strike woman holding child across her chest. Second soldier center with dagger in proper right hand grabbing woman with proper left hand. Woman is holding nude child. Bottom right man seen from back with proper right arm raised overhead with sword overhead. Women kneeling, sitting, and standing in bottom right corner. Buildings in the background.