Pieter Bruegel the Elder ca. 1520 – 1569
The Fall of the Rebel Angels
oil on panel (117 × 162 cm) — 1562 Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
This work is linked to Revelation 12:7
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The influence of Bosch on Bruegel is clearly felt in this painting; note the many fantastic figures with fish-heads and bodies of shrimp.
The central figure in the golden harness is the archangel Michael who, with his allies, is fighting the insurgent angels. The trumpet sounds, both in heaven and on earth.
The rebel angels had, according to John's Revelation, joined a dragon. Thereupon Michael c.s. had cast the rebels to earth.
Bruegel was living in Antwerp when he painted this work. A year later he moved to Brussels.
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