(fl c. 1520−50)
After Giulio Romano
The Massacre of the Innocents
Chiaroscuro woodcut, 292 × 510 mm
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 7333
Colour, so-called chiaroscuro woodcuts printed from several woodblocks were extremely popular in the period. Among the few surviving works of the Bolognese woodcutter, known only after his monogram and active in the French royal court at Fontainebleau, The Massacre of the Innocents is the most ambitious. It is related to the tapestry series Life of Christ. While Raphael is named as inventor in the inscription, the composition was more possibly designed by Giulio Romano.