St. Michael the Archangel expels Lucifer, circa 1545 - Museum-Ancient Treasure of the Holy House of Loreto
The theme of freewill occupies the mind of the artist who grants St. Michael and Lucifer the task of explaining the dialectic between Good and Evil. Lotto represents Satan inspired by the biblical tradition that makes Lucifer the highest fallen angel and represents him in his beauty, not yet fully transformed into an angel of darkness, almost pleading to Michael who seems to want to assist him with the outstretched hand, instead of hitting him with the stick. The two angelic figures are twins and mirrors. The movement of the fall of one, matches in reverse, the ascension of the other, in suggestive chromatic symphony.