How you can use this image
This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial licence (CC BY-NC).
This image can be reproduced in any way apart from any commercial uses.
Wherever you reproduce the image or an altered version of it, you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s), the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other stated rights holders.
Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find more images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.Download
Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.
Possibly a model for the marble statue of Saint Michael overcoming Satan, commissioned from Flaxman by the Earl of Egremont and still on display in the picture gallery at his family seat, Petworth House, in Sussex. The statue is one of the most famous of Flaxman’s sculptures and the subject is derived from John Milton’s 'Paradise Lost', in which the Archangel Michael commands an army of angels loyal to God against the rebel forces of Satan. Armed with a sword from God's armoury, he defeats Satan in personal combat, wounding his side.
H 87 x W 38 x D 28 cm (E);
Plinth: H 13 x W 21 x D 17 cm (E)
acquired by Sir John Soane, before 1837
on plinth: MICHAEL DEFEATING SATAN. / (J FLAXMAN RA 1755–1826)