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Massacre of the innocents
  1. A N Williams
  1. Child Development Centre, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton NN1 5BD, UK; anw@doctors.org.uk

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    Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ (1577–1640) recently discovered masterpiece “The Massacre of the Innocents” (1609–1611) has received transient notoriety as the world’s most expensive painting. Rubens’ striking depiction of state sponsored murder of infant children tenaciously holds our attention. We see it like a still from a breaking major news story. It captures only a moment of the terror but all …

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