Eugenio Cajés (1575-1634), The Fall of the Rebel Angels, 1605

Eugenio Cajés (1575-1634), The Fall of the Rebel Angels, 1605. Oil on canvas. 74 x 41 cm. KMSsp46. 
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Eugenio Cajés takes his starting point in the biblical narrative about the evil angels and their leader, Satan, who were originally part of the heavenly host. Enemies of God and friends of evil, they were eventually cast down into Hell by the archangel Michael. During their fall, vividly depicted by Cajés, the rebel angel sprouted tails, claws and other demonic traits.

Painting Hell
Cajés became acquainted with a new manner of painting during a trip to Italy, the so-called ‘chiaroscuro’. With the advent of chiaroscuro, artists began mixing local colours with blacks and browns to create shaded areas. Cajés used this new manner of painting to evoke a sense of dread and horror in Hell, creating a contrast to the divine realm at the top where Michael and his army are portrayed in shimmering pastels.

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