Massacre of the Innocents

Pier Francesco Mazzucchelliaround 1620

Museo Diocesano Milano

Museo Diocesano Milano


  • Title: Massacre of the Innocents
  • Date: around 1620
  • Provenance: Archbishop's Picture Gallery, Monti Collection
  • Physical Dimensions: w144.7 x h149.7 cm
  • Painter: Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone
  • Description: This painting was mentioned for the first time in the inventory of the Monti Collection in 1650. Since that time, the attribution of the painting to the famous painter from Varese has been undisputed.The particular characteristics of Morazzone’s work emerge both in the vigorous rendering of the figures and in the composition of the scene. The exaggerated dynamic tension of the gestures links this work with the frescoes of the Chapel of the Flagellation at the Sacro Monte of Varese, completed in 1609, justifying the chronological positioning of this work to around the beginning of the second decade of the seventeenth century.
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: © Archivio fotografico Museo Diocesano, Milano
  • External Link: http://www.museodiocesano.it/collections/collezioni-arcivescovili/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas