Bruegel created this canvas under the influence of another artist Bosch. Actually spoiled him a little. As you know, Bosch frightened everything - his faces were ugly, the monsters were scary, everything was somehow eerie.
Bruegel created exactly the same eerie performance on the canvas. Only here is an old story, or rather, the legend of the fall of angels from paradise. The fall of white and noble in the very horror, in the heat.
From above we see a bright circle - this is apparently a paradise, from there shadows fly. And we see how winged angels blow trumpets and fight with wickedness. And then the artist did his best - who is not there. Moreover, a primitive trait with hooves you are unlikely to find in this mess of monsters. But here are the toads, fish and stuff mixed with something else in bulk. And all this comes upon the angels.
All this overcomes and captures them. Monsters crawl out of open belts, fly out, new monsters come out. This is a non-stop process. The war is such that the wings of the angels are no longer white, but almost bloody - pale pink, dark red. Someone from the angels has already died and turned into a monster, someone has to become such, but the battle is on.
Why did Bruegel need to create such a canvas? Surely this is an order from a clergyman. And most likely, this was done to intimidate illiterate peasants. Yes, here anyone will be afraid to violate the Ten Commandments and go to hell, if that lives there. As for the fear of sin, the artist achieved his goal. That, really, that’s true. But judging purely for work, then here he did not disappoint.
Although I tried to work a little out of style, but still I feel his skill, his presentation. By the way, he does not have many such works, but sometimes he sometimes addresses the topic of death. True, in a different form - drawing a still life with a skull, as a reminder of a person’s short life.