ENG 103 AHC The Fall of the Rebel Angels 1562 Painting Visual Analysis

ENG 103

Allan Hancock College


Question Description

I need an explanation for this Art question to help me study.

The second unit of our course has narrowed its focus, moving from the components of argumentation broadly conceived to thinking about the arguments contained within images and visual media. Because ours is a visual world—think of the prevalence of social media in our lives, whether we use it or not—knowing how to critically evaluate art, images, advertisements, commercials, video, snaps, and other sight-related forms is crucial.

This is especially important because, as John Berger has taught us, we “see before we speak.” If our brains are hardwired to take in images before we employ language, then seeing is our primary mode of knowing the world around us. Being aware of this biological predisposition can perhaps explain why images have long contained ideas and have long served as platforms for ideas: images speak to us in ways that words do not. Additionally, familiarizing ourselves with the histories of seeing—of the “male gaze,” for example—can help us critique what we take in and question what images compel us think, feel, and do.

It is for these reasons that we have studied how to “read” images, focusing on useful modes of appraisal and questioning. Paying attention to focus, framing, light, balance, repetition and color, for example, can help us in our interpretive role as viewer. Asking questions such as, “Does the image tell a story? Or is it a part of a story already told?” can help us understand the image’s engagement with the world around it. Lastly, interrogating the relationship between visual media and the written word, can help us forge connections between and among other forms of cultural production, like poetry.

For your second essay, please find, print, “read,” and analyze an image; this can include any aspect of art or visual media like painting, print commercials, or a Facebook post. When I say analyze an image, I mean to use the techniques we have studied to come to an interpretation of the image. These techniques involve many aspects of critical inquiry, such as asking questions, like those presented in the Reading Images Handout, which help us look closely at the composition and visual elements of an image. Additionally, A Brief Guide provides methods for interpreting visual arguments on the internet, including, for example, ways to become more aware of the strategies at work in images. Finally, Berger’s Ways of Seeing gives you new ways to think about the traditions of European and American art and the way that each continues on, persists, in consumer society i.e. commercials, advertisement, etc.

With all of the above in mind, and in a manner similar to that which we have practiced as a class, your assignment is to produce an interpretation of an image of your choice. Remember: an interpretation is a point of view, and a point of view is a position, and a position is an argument, and an argument needs evidence and thought upon which to rest. You will need to craft a thesis and develop your claim in writing after you have spent time evaluating the image by the techniques described above.

As an alternative: you may compare an image with a poem, a short story, or a song. But you need to clear it with me first.

The whole assignment should be 5 pages in length, double spaced, include a works cited page and be in correct MLA format. You will also need to cite at least two of the above-mentioned texts in your essay.

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The Fall of the Rebel Angels by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1562)
The Fall of Rebel Angels is a piece of art that was painted by Pieter Bruegel, the Elder in
1562. The artwork can be regarded as a great piece of art preserved in the Royal Museum of Arts
in Belgium. The painting was acquired in 1846. The masterpiece represents a historical meaning,
and at the same time, it is a significant image to the modern world. Though the literature works
of Von Goethe, art has also become an inspiration to works of writing poems. The painting
depicts battles between what is good and what is evil, which took place before the “Fall.” It
shows how a mighty angel of God, Lucifer, rebelled against the power of God, and he was
overthrown by the archangel Michael in the company of other angels who also rebelled (Polzer).
Saint Michael worked with other angels of God to send Satan from heaven and into hell. During
the process of their fall, they changed from being angels, and they become demons, and they
were hence doomed to live on the Underworld. The primary purpose of this paper is to discuss
the significance of The Fall of the Rebel Angels during the renaissance period.
By looking at the art carefully, it is clear that been divided into almost two halves. The
upper part of the painting represented heaven. The lower part of the art seemed somewhat
chaotic and very disorderly; it depicted hell where the Evil one was being thrown (Berger). The

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upper part of the painting, heaven, has been contrasted to the lower part of the painting, hell with
its dark tones. This is shown within the art where ocher and brown tones met. At the center of the
artwork is arch-angel Michael, who owns an armor. The pri...

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