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The Fall of the Rebel Angels (Apocryphal)


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Description This image from Walters manuscript w.106 depicts the fall of the rebel angels. In the center of heaven, God, cross-nimbed, with his hands in his lap, sits on a throne within a mandorla. Ranks of angels surround him in circular compartments, looking this way and that. The lowest rank of angels, to the left and right of God, is empty. The Rebel Angels are seen in the compartment below, falling headlong out of heaven and into a brown hellmouth. The jaws of the beast-headed hellmouth, with their crenellated teeth, engulf the fallen angels. As they fall, the angels become demons. Their flesh turns from white to dark brown, and their human faces become bestial, with long ears, great bulging eyes, and large grimacing jaws. Their orange wings have disappeared, to be replaced in one case by a blazing orange loincloth. Evil has been established.
Exhibitions
  • To Hell and Back: Medieval Images of the Afterworld. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Léon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, June 6, 1903, by purchase [see The Diaries of George Lucas]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903

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Period
ca. 1250 (Medieval)
Medium
ink and pigment on parchment
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.106.24R
Measurements
H: 5 3/16 x W: 3 3/4 in. (13.2 x 9.5 cm)
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Not On View

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