Die Bibel in Bildern, Plate 13. Click on image to enlarge it.. Artist: Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Engraver: unknown. Source:
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. [Genesis 4:8; King James Bible]
The artist creates a powerful triangle out of the bodies of the attacking Cain and pleading Abel while the dramatic swirling smoke that rises from Abel’s sacrifice to God provides a powerful counterpoint. Schnorr’s approach is quite different from that of Gustave Doré’s Death of Abel, which shows the aftermath of humankind’s first murder set in a dark landscape with Cain recoiling from his brother’s corpse that lies on the ground before him.
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Die Bibel in Bildern [Picture Bible] von Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. Leipzig: Georg Wigands, 1860. Hathi Digital Trust Library online version of a copy in the Columbia University Library. Web. 25 June 2016. — George P. Landow.
Last modified 27 June 2016