Saturday, April 30, 2011

Then and Now: William Blake's Satan and the Victoria's Secret Angels

Yesterday I was looking at artistic renderings of the story of Satan's fall from Heaven and the subsequent fall of Adam and Eve in Eden. You know, just a casual Friday afternoon for me. (Actually, it was an art history lecture in my course on Miltonic literature) 
I really fell in love with William Blake's works (I am a sucker for watercolours), especially "Satan in His Original Glory." The ink and watercolor piece depicts Satan as he was originally - a perfect angel of God's creation, you know, before he launched war on God and then was expelled to Hell. And, let me tell you, Satan in his original form is pretty damn majestic. For whatever reason, when I first saw this piece, I thought of the Victoria's Secret Angels and their gorgeous wings.  


It's not too far off, is it? Both Lucifer and Gisele have the most fab wings on their backs - even in similar color schemes. And a pre-Fall Satan was quite feminine looking as well - with some fake tan and hair extensions, he could be up there strutting his stuff alongside the other VS Angels. Though, Gisele wins because I doubt Satan ever had Justin Timberlake crooning "SexyBack" behind him.  

No irony intended by putting Satan, a former arch-angel of heaven, next to Gisele, a former hot 'angel' of fashion

6 comments:

Ciccia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Nice comparison. I don't know much about art or fashion so I'm learning about both by reading your posts:) Have a nice Sunday!

Lucia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i can completely see the comparison. i had no idea that satan originally looked like this, i am now going to google!

Raquel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haha, what an interesting comparison! I actually love this... if only Lucifer just would have been happy staying a majestic angel...

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ciccia - I'm glad you're liking my posts. sorry it's taken so long to respond. I was in the process of finals and then moving out so I was quite distracted for a while. I hope you had a lovely Sunday as well (and Mother's Day)
xxo

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Lucia - I KNOW!! There is some wild art about Satan and Adam and Eve. I'm trying to remember the artist's nam, but this guy painted a portrait of what he thought Adam would look like and I swear he looked exactly like an Urban Outfitters model. It was so strange haha

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Raquel - I'm glad you enjoyed it! It was random but I was just SO INSPIRED hahaha xxo