The Massacre of the Innocents

Sano di Pietro (Ansano di Pietro di Mencio) Italian

Not on view

Together with two scenes now in the Vatican, these panels formed the base (predella) of an altarpiece, possibly the Presentation in the Temple in the cathedral of Massa Marittima, south of Siena. Sano was a gifted painter of illuminations and these works share with his illuminations a pleasing, genial, if somewhat conservative, narrative style. His work was much appreciated by the Franciscan order in Siena for its simple, populist character.

The Massacre of the Innocents, Sano di Pietro (Ansano di Pietro di Mencio) (Italian, Siena 1405–1481 Siena), Tempera on wood

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