Cain and Abel

Italian
17th century


Object Place: Europe, Florence, Italy

Dimensions

14.29 x 19.05 cm (5 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

55.391

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

terracotta painted to simulate bronze. Prone figure and one leaning to grasp rocky crag of uneven base.

Provenance

Possibly with Wolfgang Krueger, Berlin [see note 1]; possibly sold by Krueger to Eugene L. Garbáty (b. 1880 - d. 1966), Schloss Alt-Döbern, Niederlausitz (Germany), New York, and East Norwalk, CT; 1955, sold by Garbáty to the MFA for $900. (Accession Date: June 9, 1955)

NOTES:
[1] According to notes provided to the MFA by Garbáty, "Krueger (Lepke), Berlin" wrote that the sculpture had been attributed by Bode to Cellini. Wolfgang Krueger was the director of the auction house Lepke, Berlin, before becoming an independent art dealer. Garbáty acquired at least one other object in his collection (MFA accession no. 69.1097, Aquamanile) from Krueger, before emigrating from Berlin to New York between 1938 and 1939.

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund