According to the book, Symbols and Allegories in Art,
(p. 155) Marc Chagall’s The Falling Angel is interpreted thusly:
1. “The rabbi with the scrolls of the Law is fleeing the scene to save the religious and cultural patrimony of his people.”
2. “The falling angel represents the tragedy of war and the persecution of the Jews.”
3. “The candle represents the faint light of hope in the shadows of obscurantism.” (I had to look this up. Obscurantism is defined as “opposition to the spread of knowledge : a policy of withholding knowledge from the general public.”)
4. “The cow alludes to motherhood and the nurturing function of nature.”
5. “The crucifix is a symbol of the suffering inflicted on the Jews.”
Indiana Beagle, of course, is a tourist never imagined by Marc Chagall. I was born with the ability to walk in and out of art and participate in what the art depicts. And yes, this is a new hat. Thanks for noticing.
I gotta say, though, that what the Art book calls a ‘cow’ looks to me like a snaky yellow dragon. But have no fear. I will go and get my helmet of Mambrino and as Dog Quixote de La Mancha, I will overcome this dragon and save the princess and her child who fall to earth near the candle. But no! There is not time. I must whack the snaky dragon with this violin provided to me by cognoscenti Anna Huthmaker.
The time for talking is past. I must hurry. The clock at the top of the painting is about to signal tea time. Aroo.