Lighting design for masterpiece sculpture "The Fall of the Rebel Angels"

The image that accompanies the News on the new layout for the eighteenth-century Venetian masterpiece sculpture "Fall of the rebel angels" at the Gallerie d'Italia - Vicenza, portrays an image of the work

The Gallerie d'Italia - Vicenza is showcasing the eighteenth-century Venetian masterpiece sculpture "The Fall of the Rebel Angels" with a striking new display:

  • a dedicated room by lighting designer Pietro Palladino uses a sophisticated, original lighting system to exalt various details of the incredible sculptural group
  •  an adjacent space takes the visitor in discovery of the work with tactile reproductions (also for use by visually impaired persons), an exciting immersive video, an interview with art historian Monica De Vincenti (also in LIS language) and the visual story of the 3D transposition of the sculpture.

The "The Fall of the Rebel Angels" is one of the most astonishing sculptural achievements of all time: carved from a single block of Carrara marble and composed of some sixty figures perfectly finished in every detail, it represents the celestial combat between the army of Good and that of Evil, one led by the archangel Michael and the other by Lucifer, as recounted in the Book of Revelation.

Formerly attributed to Agostino Fasolato of Padua, the sculpture has been acknowledged to be the work of the best-known Venetian sculptor Francesco Bertos, active in the Veneto region during the first half of the 18th century and one of the most unique and prolific artists of his time.

The Vicenza museum, together with those of Milan, Turin and Naples, is part of Intesa Sanpaolo's Gallerie d'Italia museum project.


Fall of the Rebel Angels (detail)
1725-1735 ca
Carrara marble
Collezione Intesa Sanpaolo
Gallerie d’Italia – Vicenza

Photo credits: Studio Valter Maino