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Dirck Volkertsz. Coornhert
Triumph of Isaac, No. 2 of 8 in the set Patientiae Triumphus...Elegantissimis Im
1522 - 1590
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Odilon Redon
Cain and Abel
etching and drypoint | paper
Museum Purchase
Eugène Delacroix
Expulsion of Adam and Eve
1845 - 1855
graphite | medium, slightly textured blued white laid paper
Gift of the Lannan Foundation in Honor of the Pelham Family
Étienne Delaune
Biblical Scene
1518 - 1583
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
The Persian king Ahasuerus sits at right on a throne, wearing a turban with a crown, a cape with ermine around the neck and shoulders, and a gold chain around his neck.  He holds a slender scepter towards a woman in elaborate dress and crown, who has fainted at left.  This woman, Queen Esther, is supported by two handmaidens who each looks towards the king.
Robert Strange
Esther Before Ahasuerus
engraving | paper
Museum Purchase
Charles Fran
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
18th century
pen, brown ink and brown wash | buff paper
Museum Purchase
Cook, Howard
aquatint | paper
Museum Purchase
Peter van der Borcht
Genesis 44:1-13
1540 - 1608
etching | paper
Museum Purchase
Lucas Van Leyden
Adam and Eve Bemoaning the Death of Abel; No. 6 from the Series of 6 Prints 'The
engraving | laid paper
Museum Purchase
Giancinto Calandrucci
Study for an Altarpiece: Rest on the Flight into Egypt
17th century
pen, black ink and brown wash, heightened with white
Purchased from the Estate of Edward Sonnenschein
Clément Marillier
Tobias and the Archangel Raphael
1740 - 1808
ink and wash, heightened with white chalk | toned paper
Museum Purchase
This engraving is a vertical format. Dominating the foreground are three figures on a slight hill with a large tree. In front of the tree is the corpse of Abel (a strong young man with flowing cloth around his waist) with his head in the shadows. Kneeling over him are Adam and Eve. Adam, a muscular older man with a white beard, clutches his hands together and leans toward his dead son. Eve, covered only from the waist down, throws her arms out in the air above her son and moves towards him on her knees. The tree behind them has a sturdy trunk that splits into three heavy branches and these limbs echo the placement of Eve's back and right arm. On the right is a road leading to a background scene.In the far background Cain and Abel are shown making offerings to God on altars, with Abel’s offering rising higher than Cain’s. In the middle ground along the road, Cain is shown raising a weapon to kill Abel. At the bottom of the work are four lines of text and a signature.<br />
Jan Saenredam;Abraham Bloemaert
Adam and Eve Lamenting over the Corpse of Abel, plate 6 from History of the First Parents of Man, set of six prints
engraving | thin, slightly textured dark cream laid paper
Museum purchase made possible by the Jean Paul Slusser Memorial Fund


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Part of 4 Learning Collections

72 Collection Object Sources

Cain and Abel (1964/1.129)
Exodus (1950/2.8)
The Flood (1985/2.70)
Eve (1959/1.134)
Eve with Apple (2011/2.182)
Eve, after Rodin (2005/1.430)
Moses (1989/2.99)
Genesis (1983/1.241)
A Genesis (1970/2.167)
Jacob's Dream (1970/2.104)
Noah and the Dove (1960/2.156)
Untitled (2002/2.207)

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