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Lattanzio Gambara (1530–1574)
Massacre of the Innocents, 1567–71
Black and white chalk; incised with stylus, on two pieces of blue paper, faded to gray green
18 7/8 x 31 3/8 inches (478 x 797 mm.)
Gift of Janos Scholz, 1980; 1980.60
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With the death of his teacher and father-in-law, Girolamo Romanino, in 1560, Gambara became the leading artist in Brescia. Completed in 1573, the frescoes in the nave arcade and internal facade of Parma cathedral depicting scenes from the life of Christ were his most prestigious commission. This is a late compositional study for one of those scenes, Massacre of the Innocents, which includes The Flight into Egypt as a vignette at upper left. The daringly foreshortened horse and rider at right reveal the influence of Pordenone.

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