- The painting of Cain and Abel comes from the collection of the Grand Masters Palace, but it is unfortunately not clear when it entered the collection. In any case, it seems to have been in Malta at an early stage because of the presence of old copies of it in Maltese collections. It was a picture which was sufficiently admired and was certainly counted as one of the most famous paintings in the Palace Collection.
- According to the Book of Genesis (4:1- 17) Adam and Eve`s sons, Cain and Abel, made sacrifices to God, but only the generous offerings of young Abel pleased the Lord. Overcome with jealousy and anger, Cain attacked and killed his brother. In the present picture the Biblical story is divided into two distinct moments. The preamable is in the background, with Abel before the sacrificial altar absorbed in his prayers, his flock pasturing near by. In the foreground the subsequent event is portrayed with the furious Cain beating his younger brother to death.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 202 x 167 cm (without frame)
- Baroque [Create]
- Early 17th century [Create]
References and relations
- Bibliography: Caravaggio and paintings of realism in Malta / edited by Cynthia De Giorgio and Keith Sciberras. - Valletta : Midsea Books, 2007. [An other version of the same subject by the same author ]