Mat Collishaw’s Zoetrope Brings the Horror of “Massacre of the Innocents” to Life

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British artist Mat Collishaw creates compelling, often morbid multi-layered pieces in a variety of media. In recent years, he has perhaps garnered the most attention from his monumental zoetropes that bring dark fantasies to life. His most recent, “All Things Fall”, is based on on the 17th century painting “Massacre of the Innocents” by Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Reubens. It is an impeccable, 3D-printed piece of work that took six months to complete in collaboration with fellow animator Sebastian Burdon. The original painting is inspired by the biblical story, where Herod the Great ordered the execution of all young male children in Bethlehem to avoid the loss of his throne to a newborn King of the Jews. Collishaw captures the horror of the massacre in great detail. It is dotted with beautiful white Roman figures that shock the viewer as soon as the lights dim and zoetrope begins to spin. Take a look at stills from this grisly scene below, courtesy of the artists.

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