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- Series: Ceiling Paintings from the North Gallery of the Jesuits' Church in Antwerp (Preisler Series)
Plate 9: The Fall of the Rebel Angels; the Archangel Michael holding a shield and brandishing thunderbolts in his right arm, while trampling Satan who lies helplessly on his back on the ground, three other angels at left; after Peter Paul Rubens. c.1735
Etching and engraving
- Production date
- 1735 (c.)
Height: 202 millimetres
Width: 232 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is one from a series of nineteen plates engraved by Johann Justin Preisler (published in 1735), after drawings executed by Christian Benjamin Müller from when the latter was in Antwerp in early 1718 during his visit to the Jesuits' Church in Antwerp. Müller made a complete set of drawings (thirty-six showing the ceiling paintings from the upper and lower galleries and aisles, i.e. nine each; and three ceiling paintings from the entrance). Thirty-seven of these drawings in red chalk are in the Prentenkabinet in Antwerp; two are now lost.
Some time after the Jesuits' Church burned down (in 1718, six months after Müller's visit to Antwerp) and the paintings were lost, Müller decided to give his drawings to Preisler to make engravings from them.
Preisler never finished the complete series and only nineteen engravings were made (nine plates after the paintings from the north gallery; nine after those of the north aisle; and one plate after a painting from the entrance). For a complete set see 1891,0414.1137-1154.
Lit.: J. Rupert Martin, Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard I: The Ceiling Paintings for the Jesuit Church in Antwerp, London-New York, 1968, pp.21-55.
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