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Massacre of the Innocents, after Baccio Bandinelli

circa 1520-1521
16th century
40.8 cm x 57.9 cm (16 1/16 in. x 22 13/16 in.)

Marco da Ravenna, called Marco Dente (Ravenna, Italy, circa 1486 - 1527, Rome, Italy) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, Italian
Medium and Support: Engraving
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.1654

This very large engraving of Herod’s slaughter of the newborn received special mention by Vasari, the early biographer of Italian artists and Bandinelli’s acquaintance. He observed that it “called attention to his command of drawing in the figures and his understanding of musculature and anatomy, bringing him great fame throughout Europe.” Recent scholarship has shown that at the time, an impression cost ten times as much as an ordinary engraving, one hundred times as much as a woodcut.

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