Cain’s Childhood

Infância de Caim

António Teixeira Lopes (1866-1942)


Carrara marble

Inventory sheet

This is one of Teixeira Lopes’ major works, in that it marked his projection into the artistic world. The sculpture was acquired by the Porto City Hall in an individual exhibition held at the Palácio da Bolsa, after being awarded a prize at the the 1890 Salon.

The biblical figure of Cain may have several meanings, but it essentially personifies Envy. In this case, Teixeira Lopes uses a child model, a much-expanded formula at the time, giving proof of all his creative power and technical mastery. The child’s thin body, disturbed expression, frizzy hair, tense arms and clenching hands are remarkable.