Peter Paul Rubens, Cain Slaying Abel, 1608-09
We chose this painting because there is a good story to animate, and the artist depicted a lot of movement. Based on the biblical story of Cain and Abel, we felt this painting explores a timeless and universal theme. We focused on this story, and the anger expressed by the brother’s jealous rage. Technically, we were drawn to Rubens’ painting style, which makes the movement very dramatic by the use of diagonals and over exaggerated muscles of the figures.