fallen angels: sweet black angels

Christianity was no stranger to the representation of fallen angels.

---“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the slanderer took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” –Matthew 4:1-10---Read More:http://harpers.org/archive/2008/01/hbc-90002248

The traditional image of Satan was established by Duccio di Buoninsegna’s Temptation of Christ. After this work, it passed into the realm of convention whereby devils were almost invariably given batlike wings, as in Signorelli’s Last Judgement. One can see that science-fiction and that form of portrayal of epic battles and the supernatural stemmed in part from early Biblical iconography and the fantastical dramas and action played out in the intensity of religious experience.

---As in life, it’s not just angels and roses. This detail from Signorelli’s “Last Judgment” clearly depicts the presence of demons. Artists of that period depicted them with bat-like wings, a far cry from the feathery wings of good angels. This painting resides in Florence at Scala.--- Read More:http://www.luckypalm.com/2009/last-judgment-demon-graphic/


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