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The Archangel Michael and the Rebel Angels

Photo credit: Glasgow Museums

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The painting shows the Archangel Saint Michael, in the dress of a Roman warrior, driving rebel angels out of heaven. These angels had chosen to side with Lucifer, once an angel himself but now pure evil, and known as the Devil, or Satan. He is often depicted as a dragon in the context of his battle with Saint Michael. The subject was taken from the biblical Book of Revelation. This was a popular painting, and several versions are known to have been made.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum


Date

c.1592–1593

Medium

oil on copper

Measurements

H 47.8 x W 41.8 cm

Accession number

153

Acquisition method

Archibald McLellan Collection, purchased, 1856

Work type

Painting


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Argyle Street, Glasgow G3 8AG Scotland

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