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The Fall of the Rebel Angels

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St. Michael and the holy righteous lady angels are getting down and sending all of the demons to hell.

All of the monsters and bad angels are ladies too, or like half-fish/frog/duck/moth/lizard/demon ladies. So this scene is just St. Mike and the girls...and also that 7 headed dragon, aka the devil. Mike and his battalion of cheerleader-warriors are doing pretty much nothing in this battle, as the fallen angels are just fighting themselves. One demon is straight chomping on its own leg. So it’s not really a battle as much as a pain orgy where the god-squad is celebrating because the demons deserve their pain while the devil’s BDSM gang of former-angels is loving it, moaning “We deserve it we deserve it.” Except maybe the frog tearing its egg-stuffed belly open, that doesn’t look like any fun at all.

Breugel was probably hanging out at his rich friends’ houses and looking at their wunderkammers which were cabinets of weird stuff that explorers brought back from the New World and were in vogue with the *intelligentsia* of the time. They were probably like, and here we have a north American newt while Breugel was like look at all these freakish lil dudes lmao so funny I’m putting this sh*t in a painting like, right now.

Technically the angels are supposed to be good and the demons are supposed to be bad...but the fallen angels look like way more fun? William Blake thought that artists were inherently on the Devil’s side and Breugel might definitely be. Look at all of those primal screams and dances and that crab using a cello for a shell. There are at least 8 anuses in the painting, and 3 of them are mid-fart. Sure the angels are conventionally pretty and very clean and well-dressed and St. Mike is straight flossing the block with that gold suit. But beauty is subjective and rules from mom/dad/God are dumb and anarchy looks like a hoot!

 

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The Fall of the Rebel Angels is an oil-on-panel by the Netherlandish Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, painted in 1562. It is currently held and exhibited at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels.

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Painted in 1562, Bruegel's depiction of this subject is taken from a passage from the Book of Revelation (12, 2-9) and reveals the artist's profound debt to Hieronymous Bosch, especially in the grotesque figures of the fallen angels, shown as half-human, half-animal monsters. Together with Dulle Griet and The Triumph of Death, which have similar dimensions, it was probably painted for the same collector and destined to become part of a series.

The composition with a central figure placed among many smaller figures was favoured by Bruegel at this time, not only in other paintings such as Dulle Griet, but also in the series of engravings of the Vices and the Virtues which he had just completed for the Antwerp publisher Hieronymous Cock. The archangel Michael and his angels are shown by Bruegel in the act of driving the rebel angels from Heaven. Pride was the sin which caused the fall of Lucifer and his companions, and the conflict of good and evil, vice and virtue, is a theme which recurs constantly in Bruegel's work.

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