Today’s tasty appetizer is from the wonderful Eglise Saint Pierre des Tours in Aulnay-de-Saintonge. This capital is interesting not only for its theme, the murder of Cain, but also that it is actually labelled. We see Cain on the left striking Abel with a stave. Above them are the inscriptions Cain and Abel.
We see other details in the work – Abel is depicted with a sheep because he was a shepherd – “And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.” (Genesis 4:2) This story has always moved me because Cain was the first human to be born and his brother Abel the first to die.
This is part of a series of posts featuring an amuse-bouche, a bite-sized appetizer to whet the appetite of diners. Each of these will explore a single interesting feature of medieval architecture or sculpture. To see other amuse-bouches, follow this link.