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Andrea Commodi, The Fall of the Rebel Angels

c. 1616-1620

British Museum

British Museum

Commodi’s ‘back of an envelope’ sketch was shaped by the arbitrary confines of the letter’s address and red wax seal, still visible in the upper right-hand corner of the paper. The angels twist around to accommodate them. It is one of many studies by Commodi for an unexecuted fresco commissioned by Pope Paul V around 1616 for the chapel of the Palazzo Quirinale in Rome; another three are on the backs of letters.

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  • Title: Andrea Commodi, The Fall of the Rebel Angels
  • Date Created: c. 1616-1620
  • Physical Dimensions: 189 x 190 mm
  • Medium: Pen and brown ink, with brown wash
  • British Museum link: Collection online

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