I have always been somewhat fascinated by the story of the war in heaven. If there ever was an actual story that is, considering the fact that so many different ideas about what the Devil is and was, have been conjured throughout the centuries by specific, southern Europeans who would seek to use and exploit the idea of an eternal place of suffering called hell in order to place control amongst the people. I always read into the idea that Lucifer was supposed to be some high and almighty Arch Angel that held himself at such a high esteem to the point that he believed himself to be above God, if not his equal. Such pride eventually led to his downfall as he was cast from paradise along with thousands of angels that followed him in the rebellion against God. I’ve seen different images that have been somewhat tied to a poem called “Paradise Lost” by John Milton, which was a different take on the story of Lucifers fall. Psychologically, our minds can mirror what we see, pain, for example. Even though this is just a picture, my mind still mirrors the feeling of loss, failure, and eternal damnation. I find it hard to explain, but everything from the light, the shade, to the outline around Lucifer’s body, it helps stimulate the feel of how powerful this picture is. The clouds and the shades of it help make the image feel more powerful. The environment, such as the clouds, the rain, all these things help represent Lucifers fall from another realm. (Obviously there is no rain in space.)
The poem by John Milton is more of a book than a poem, hard to understand because it’s written in somewhat of a Shakespearean type language. The story tells of the war in heaven to the fall of man. Satan at the time called Lucifer is supposed to be the most beautiful of the angels of God, arrogant, charismatic, deceptive and powerful. He refuses to bow to God and his son, leading to the angelic war, and his eventual defeat. The famous quote “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav’n” is stated by Lucifer, and comes from this poem.
Here is a link to the poem if you want to check it out.
- What do you feel when you see this image?
- What is your interpretation of this picture?
- Do you feel the black and white shade helps add to the feel of this picture?