In Western tradition, Angels embody a twofold nature: they are both messengers of Light and Good but, as “fallen angels”,... Read More
In Western tradition, Angels embody a
twofold nature: they are both messengers of Light and Good but, as “fallen
angels”, they embody Evil and Darkness, as nicely captured in this poem by
Aleksandr Sergeevič Puškin:
gates an angel gentle
His head did bow with lustred hue,
And demon, dark and temperamental,
Above the fires of Hades flew.
The wicked spirit of negation
Upon the other’s pureness gazed
And then a warm, unknown sensation
His conscience now for first time grazed.
“Forgive me, but I’ve seen you,” said he,
“So shining on me had its worth:
Not everything in heav’n displeased me,
Nor did I hate it all on earth.”
The author was inspired by this concept in painting her portrait of
a female figure sitting, her wings blown by the wind as she reconsiders her
life. She embodies both light, in her beauty and darkness, in her “dark angel”
She has been through many obstacles in her life, she sinned and
showed her worst, but she also loved and has been extremely kind by sacrificing
herself for others.
With this painting the author wants to show that humans are more
complex entities than commonly held: Darkness is not always evil and Light is
not always nice.