Eve and Four Children

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Eve is shown surrounded by her children, sitting just outside the cave where she and Adam lived, following their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. When her eldest sons Cain and Abel made offerings to God, only Abel's was accepted, and Cain murdered his brother in a jealous rage. These episodes can be seen unfolding, in miniature, in the background.

Jan Mostaert

North Netherlandish, c. 1475–1555/56

Eve and Four Children

c. 1520

Tempera possibly with some oil on panel

14 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (36.8 x 28.3 cm)


Acquired by Sterling Clark, 1916

1955.946


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