Unlike other depictions of the Last Judgement, Rubens concentrates soley here on the Fall and renders this in a monumental format. Horror and the inescapability of the event are captured in a masterly style. Sinners, devil-like figures, and demoniacal hybrid creatures are condensed to form a diagonal that turns into a swirling mass. It renders the powerful pull of Hell’s fire visible, as described in the Gospel of St. Matthew (25:41).
It does not require much fantasy to imagine the screams of horror coming from the damned and the infernal noise.