Cain slaying Abel
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
Oil on panel
Height: 131.2 cm ( panel ); Width: 94.2 cm ( panel ); Height: 154.4 cm ( frame ); Width: 117.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 7 cm ( frame );
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
About this work
Cain and Abel were the two eldest sons of Adam and Eve. Both made offerings to God but when Cain’s sacrifice was rejected he killed his brother in a jealous rage.
In this early painting by Rubens, the figures are still heavily influenced by the artist’s experience in Italy, particularly his study of the sculpture of classical antiquity and the work of Michelangelo.
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