|The Holy Innocents
The Holy Innocents are the children executed at Herod's order in Matthew 2:16-18 (cached). Some images of the Holy Innocents depict the slaughter alone (example), but often Herod is prominently featured giving the order, as at left. Indeed, one panel in Burgos puts him in the center, occupying a good half of the image. The Golden Legend's account also spends a good deal less time on the innocents than on Herod, his family, and his subsequent troubles.
Feast day: December 28
At left, a 14th-century painting
A 5th century mosaic
A 14th century painting
A 15th century painting
A relief at the Sagrada Familia