The drawing represents the biblical scene of the murder of Abel and points out the physicality of the characters. During the second half of the 17th century, Ubaldo Gandolfi was one of the main leading figures of Accademia Clementina whose main purposes were the practice of drawing and the study of human male and female nude. In the last years other drawings and paintings, representing the same biblical scene, have appeared to underline the great fortune of this subject. The Pinacoteca of Bologna possess a similar subject Cain runs away after the killing of Abel (Artisti Italiani 1977, n.108, fig. 108, n. 3785). The drawings preserved in Bologna and Reggio Emilia, can be ascribed to Ubaldo Gandolfi, because of the high quality and the skilful use of lights and shadows. (A. Bigi Iotti, 2016)


  • Title: Cain and Abel
  • Creator: Ubaldo Gandolfi
  • Date: Unknown - Unknown
  • Location: Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia
  • Physical Dimensions: w422 x h303 mm
  • Bibliography: C. Ricci, L'Abele di Guido Reni, in “Cronache d'Arte”, 4, 1928, p.305. E. Spagni, Per il nostro patrimonio artistico. La Galleria Antonio Farnesi, in “La Provincia di Reggio”, a. VII, giugno 1929, p. 26. P. G. Tordella, La collezione di disegni. Disegni di figura di antichi maestri: segnalazioni e precisazioni, in “La Galleria Antonio Fontanesi di Reggio Emilia”; a cura di M. Mussini, Reggio Emilia 1998, pp. 235-336 tav.LI. A. Bigi Lotti e G. Zavatta (a cura di), La Linea Continua. Disegni Antichi dei Musei Civici di Reggio Emilia, Milano 2016, p. 152, n. 59.
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: Black and red pencil, white chalk on hazel paper

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