Agostino (after Amico Aspertini) Musi

Allegory of the Fall of Man and the Sacrifice of Abel

c. 1530
This arcane image features the expulsion of Adam and Eve, who then reappear reclining in the foreground with the attributes of the hoe and spindle indicating physical labour. The central male nude may be their firstborn, Cain, who gazes into the mirror of self-knowledge in front of a flaming altar holding the body of his murdered brother Abel. The presence of the lamb is hopeful, however, as it symbolizes God's sacrifice, namely Christ, which will redeem humankind.
Title
Allegory of the Fall of Man and the Sacrifice of Abel
Date
c. 1530
Medium
Print
Materials
engraving on laid paper
Dimensions
24 x 32.8 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1961
Accession number
9689