The Cruelty of the Bull
Engraving, anonymous, published by Frans Sadelaar after 1700, Rijksmuseum
This work depicts the incident that occurred in Zaandam, North Holland, in 1647 when a bull became enraged at seeing a boy flying a kite. The boy's father, Jacob Egh, tried to calm the bull, but it charged and killed him. It then tossed his pregnant wife into the air with its horns, tearing open her abdomen and, and causing her unborn baby son to be flung out. The events after the attack are depicted on the right, including when the bull was shot dead. The baby survived for nine months.


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