The Fall of the Rebel Angels (1500 – 1504) by Hieronymus Bosch

The Fall of the Rebel Angels - Hieronymus Bosch - 1500 - 1504

Artwork Information

TitleThe Fall of the Rebel Angels
ArtistHieronymus Bosch
Date1500 - 1504
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

About The Fall of the Rebel Angels

The artwork titled “The Fall of the Rebel Angels” is a religious painting by Hieronymus Bosch, created between 1500 and 1504. This Northern Renaissance masterpiece was executed in oil on panel and can be currently found at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It captures the dramatic moment of the expulsion of the rebellious angels from Heaven, detailing both the divine order and chaotic turmoil associated with this biblical scene.

The artwork is characterized by a rich tapestry of detail and a chaotic energy that is typical of Bosch’s unique aesthetic. In the foreground and middle distance, there is a tumult of figures, exemplifying various grotesque creatures and fallen angels engaged in a violent struggle. The lower section of the painting is darker, augmenting the sense of depth and the infernal destination of the banished beings. The use of subdued and earthen tones creates an otherworldly ambiance, provoking contemplation and unease, as Bosch’s vision of this divine conflict transcends the ordinary.

Amidst the chaos, one can discern humanoid forms distorted into monstrous incarnations, some with wings, all plummeting or writhing in a descent orchestrated by an unseen divine force. The painting is crowded with these hybrid figures, animals, and unidentifiable entities that all contribute to the overall impact of the fall from grace. This melding of the natural with the supernatural and the mundane with the monstrous is a hallmark of Bosch’s imaginative style. The distant background, scarcely visible through the dense atmosphere of the painting, seems to offer a contrasting glimpse of calm, perhaps symbolizing the divine order restored above the fray.

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