Angels, devils, and demons have played a significant role ever since the emergence of religious beliefs. As messengers from other worlds, be they harbingers of good news or tempters, they touch the fundamental hopes and fears of every human being, while at the same time depicting the eternal battle of good and evil.
In Christian art, angels and devils, with their human like aspects allied with their angelic or devilish nature, were a favourite theme of painters and sculptors, as their imagination was set free to create artworks that fascinate in every respect, including masterpieces like “The Last Judgment" by Giotto di Bondone (fresco, 1304-6), "The Annunciation” by Leonardo da Vinci (oil and tempera on polar wood, 1472-5), "The Temptation of St. Anthony" by Hieronymus Bosch (triptych, 1505/06), or "The Gates of Hell" by Auguste Rodin (bronze, 1880-1917), to name but a few.
Angelus and Diablous is the first publication of its kind to offer a visually stunning collection of the most beautiful and breathtaking pieces of art reflecting this exciting contrast between Heaven and Hell. Seven comprehensive chapters examine the topic from various angles like the nature, the duties and the hierarchy of angels, the downfall of sinful angels, angelic choirs, the pain of hell, imaginations of the end of the world, or the manifestations of heaven. Substantial texts by art historian Maria-Christina Boerner are accompanied by striking pictures by photographer Achim Bednorz, some of which show rarely seen details and make otherwise hidden elements accessible to the beholder. This tome comprises an unprecedented compilation of this timeless subject.
About the Authors
Dr Maria-Christina Boerner read German studies, art history, and journalism at the FU Berlin. After having gained her doctorate with a thesis on Heinrich Heine, she moved to teach and research at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. She has been writing books on European art history and cultural history since 2009 for various publishers, her main focal point in research and writing being the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Achim Bednorz made a name for himself mainly as a specialist in sacral areas. He is the photographer of the overwhelming photos in Ars Sacra.