Home | Galleries | Egg Tempera Instruction | About | Links

Light Become Silence

© Copyright Alessandra Kelley

On a square, seven heavenly forms are arrayed like spokes of a wheel around a black circle, one winged figure curling into it at the center.

This is a meditation on the fall of the angel Lucifer, who in some stories was originally one of the Archangels. "Lucifer" comes from the Latin for "light", and surely his defiance of God was the ultimate silence. It was sparked when I learned that in Christian mythology there are four archangels, in Islamic seven.

Each Archangel reacts in its own way to the fall of Lucifer.

The iconography of the Archangels is only partially based on tradition and mythology, with a great deal of personal interpretation.