Michiel Coxcie 1499 – 1592

The Death of Abel

oil on canvas (151 × 125 cm) — c. 1550 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

Michiel Coxcie biography

This work is linked to Genesis 4:13

After having killed his brother Abel, Cain is cursed by God and runs away.

In the background are the brother's offerings of which God choose to accept only one. On Abel's body lies the murder weapon: the jawbone of an ass.

Somewhat mediocre painting by Coxcie, made after his return from Italy in 1539.

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