The Massacre of the Innocents (with fir tree)
Engraving, 277 × 428 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 5536
The composition belongs to the Florentine tradition of multifigured scenes populated by male nudes, beginning with the Battle of the Nudes by Antonio Pollaiuolo. The Massacre of the Innocents was the most celebrated and widely reproduced engraving of the period, and established the decade-long, fruitful print publishing collaboration of Raphael and the Bolognese engraver Marcantonio Raimondi. Two versions of the print have survived: the first with a small fir tree in the upper right corner, the second without.
engraving, Marcantonio Raimondi, print, Raphael