Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Massacre of the Innocents - Rubens

Price in US $ - 76,000,000


This painting by Peter Paul Rubens, a seventeenth-century Flemish Baroque painter, depicts an episode of the biblical Massacre of the Innocents as related in the Gospel of Matthew. Rubens draws on the great Italian Renaissance painters including Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese to depict one of the most brutal Biblical scenes: when king Herod ordered all new-born boys to be killed to prevent one of them becoming the Messiah.

The Massacre of the Innocents holds the current record for an Old Master painting.