Dramatic scene of a classical temple being destroyed by an angel and its occupants attacked by satyr-like daemons. The central figure of a huge destroying angel, in the upper part of the composition, soars through the temple decked with golden statues, leaving a trail of fire and crumbling temple columns to the left. In the foreground is a chaotic scene of the semi-nude figures of men and women under attack and desperately trying to escape from a group of dark, muscular demons with pointed ears who advance from the right, brutalising and carrying away semi-nude female figures and, in the centre foreground, a demon figure wields a metal chain over the bodies of figures lying on the floor. Seated behind this central figure-group, are two women and a man, watching in confused horror and clinging to one another. To the left and right are groups of figures fleeing in panic. The shape of the painting reflects that of an archway with a curved upper edge.
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Manchester City Galleries
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