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John Milton’s narrative poem Paradise Lost retells the Biblical story of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden or Paradise, alongside the story of Satan. The rebel angel Lucifer is driven out of heaven after attempting to war with God, and is sent to hell with his followers. Lucifer (now Satan) wishes to find a new world from which he can exact his revenge on heaven. In Fuseli’s drawing his two offspring, Sin and Death, unbar the gates of hell, allowing him to fly towards Earth, a journey which foretells the Fall of Humankind.
- Satan leaving the gate of Hell, guarded by Sin and Death
- Production date
- pencil with grey wash, brown wash and yellow wash
- 398 x 301 mm
- P.H. [Putney Hill] 7 May 21. 2 May 23 (in pencil).
- Credit line
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1965
- Accession no
- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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