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Story Of The Fallen Angel Painting By Alexander Cabanel

Story Of The Fallen Angel Painting By Alexander Cabanel

The Fallen Angel – Story of the famous painting portraying fall of Lucifer

The legend behind the well-known picture that shows Lucifer’s descent

Imagine being forced to go from heaven to hell, where you are destined to suffer everlastingly. It’s easier to envision the hopelessness, fury, irritation, and disdain than to actually feel them. That’s what the story we’ve been telling for generations says happened to Lucifer. There are numerous tellings of the tale that occasionally include embellishments. But none of the representations come close to capturing the narrative like Alexandre Cabanel’s painting The Fallen Angel.

As a result, this article examines the French painter Alexandre Cabanel’s The Fallen Angel in further detail.

What is Fallen Angel painting?

A picture from 1847 called “The Fallen Angel” shows the devil following his fall from heaven. Prior to this, saints, angels, and heroic characters were frequently the subjects of religious and historical paintings. Nonetheless, The Fallen Angel was among the first scholarly works of art to feature the devil as the primary topic.

According to Art in Context, the artwork was inspired by the poem Paradise Lost (1667), written by John Milton, who was an English writer and poet. The poem discusses Lucifer’s disobedience to God.


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The Fallen Angel painting depicts a naked Lucifer with short, bushy hair and a golden brown complexion. amid rocky terrain. He is stiff, leaning on a long, flat-topped rock, appearing to be half-reclining. With his hands clasped together, Lucifer is shedding tears. Several angels are flying above him, merrily celebrating in the wide sky and blending in with the sky’s blue hue.

The Fallen Angel is recognized as a romantic masterpiece in which Lucifer is represented like a typical Greek God or hero, with a gorgeous body. His look combines anger, desperation, and a vow of revenge against the person who exiled him. Darkening near the tips of his wings, likely to reveal that they were rotting before his fall. Art experts believe that the moment captured showed he just fell from the heavens.

Where is The Fallen Angel painting?

The Fallen Angel painting is currently stored at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, France.

Who made The Fallen Angel painting?

French painter Alexandre Cabanel created The Fallen Angel in 1847. That was when he was 24 years old. In the year 1823, Cabanel was born in Montpellier. As a talented painter, he had already shown potential by the time he was ten years old and enrolled in a nearby art school. Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris admitted him when he was seventeen years old. He initially displayed his artwork in the Salon de Paris in 1844.

He received a scholarship to study in Rome at the age of 21 after winning the second Grand Prix de Rome. King Louis XIV established the scholarship program to enable French artists to spend several years studying the classical masters from antiquity. Like many resident artists, Cabanel regularly sent paintings back home as a way to give update about his progress in Italy. It was during this time that he painted The Fallen Angel, also known as L’Ange déchu in French.

The famous painting was too Romanticist

Procès-verbaux de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts (“Minutes of the Academy of Fine Arts”), a publication by Sybille Bellamy-Brown, states that the academy judges were appalled by Cabanel’s depiction of the devil as the major topic and rejected it right away. “The movement is incorrect, the draughtsmanship imprecise, the execution inadequate,” they said, characterizing the picture as being overly Romanticist.

Cabanel expressed his dissatisfaction in a letter to his friend Alfred Buyas. “That’s my price for all the difficulty I put myself through not to submit an ordinary piece of work,” the writer stated in his letter.

Women were his primary characters for most paintings

It would take three years for Cabanel’s painting, The Death of Moses, to win the admiration of critics.Since then, he has received credit for a large number of works, most notably more than 200 portraits, most of which are women.

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