About this artwork

Two pieces of imitation sandstone sculpture appear above Adam and Eve. These reliefs illustrate the first consequence of the couple's sin Cain's murder of his younger brother Abel. They serve as another symbol of the tragic history of humankind which has suffered so much from fraticidal violence.

About the artist

Jan van Eyck was born around 1400 in the Limburg town of Maaseik. Around 1432 he settled in Bruges. There he had, until his death in 1441, a studio with a large number of employees. Van Eyck's representation of light and its effects on the visible world represented a fundamental innovation in art. He was the first to succeed in convincingly evoking a tangible reality in painting.More about Jan Van Eyck

About the collection

In addition to the most important masterpiece of Flemish painting, the "Adoration of the Lamb of God" by the brothers Jan and Hubrecht Van Eyck, there are still many art treasures worth a visit.More about Sint-Baafskathedraal Gent

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