Michael and the Fall of the Rebel Angels
Michael and the Fall of the Rebel Angels (Michael En De Val Van De Opstandige Engelen) c1621 by Dutch Engraver Lucas Vorsterman The Elder (1595 – 1675); after a painting by the Flemish Painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640).
Michael and the Fall of the Rebel Angels is a powerful scene that depicts 5 of GOD’s Archangels with the Archangel Michael leading the battle against the rebel angels who are falling from the heavens and the light of GOD.
The Archangels are fighting the fallen ones with spears and bolts of fire; and Michael holds in his right hand a shield of light that is inscribed with Hebrew lettering.
This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.
The Below Information Is Derived From Wikipedia.org
Lucas Vorsterman I also known as Lucas Vorsterman the Elder was Baroque period Dutch engraver born in Zaltbommel, the Netherlands.
It is believed that about 1618 that Vorsterman joined the workshop of Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640); and from 1619 and 1621 was Rubens sole engraver; as Rubens had embarked on a printmaking enterprise to engrave a number of his notable paintings.
But in 1621 a serious dispute arose between the two men, which is believed to have centered on who owne the authorial rights to the prints that Vorsterman had engraved that were based on the works of Ruben.
The dispute was serious enough that Ruben’s lawyers petitioned the authorities for an order of protection, which was granted and which ended the working relationship between the two men.
In 1624 Vorsterman traveled to England and continued his engraving work through the patronage of royalty and the nobility; returning to Antwerp, the Netherlands in 1630 as one of the engravers selected by Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641) to engrave plated for his Iconography, executing twenty two of the original eighty plates.
As Vorsterman grew older he lost his eyesight, living in poverty and getting by with the support of the Antwerp Guild of St Luke, until his death in 1675.