Der Engelsturz

Der Engelsturz

Dating
1621/22
More about this artwork
The Archangel Saint Michael, the symbolic figure of the Counter-Reformation, appears here as the guardian of the Church against the heretics who are put on a par with Protestants. His foot is firmly placed on the seven-headed dragon and he holds up his shield against it in defence. Above him, God the Father can be seen with the globe; the triangular nimbus is a reference to the Holy Trinity. The light figure that seems to blend into the heavens forms a counterpoint to the creature from Hell whose polymorphic body represents the demonic power of Satan.
Displayed
AP OG Saal VII
Inventory Number
306
Birth year of the artist
1577
Year the artist deceased
1640
Dimensions of the object
438 x 291,5 cm
Material / Technology / Carrier
Leinwand
Genre
Malerei
Department
Flämische Malerei
Origin
1806 aus der Galerie Düsseldorf
Stock
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Citation
Peter Paul Rubens, Der Engelsturz, 1621/22, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/01G1EAeGkE (Last updated on 30.12.2021)

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