Mercy: St Bartholomew’s Day, 1572

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt (1829-1896


Oil on canvas

1841 x 1308 mm

Courtesy Tate Britain, Ref. N01510. Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894

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Tate Britain Commentary by Rebecca Virag: “The painting portrays an imaginary incident at the time of the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in Paris on 24 August 1572, when thousands of Protestants were slaughtered by Catholics. The subject itself was not new for Millais as he had treated it in 1852 in the painting, A Huguenot, on St. Bartholomew's day refusing to shield himself from danger by wearing the Roman Catholic badge (Makins Collection).” [cont. below]