KANEKO’S CRIB NOTES, PART XII: MICHAEL
Today, September 29th, is the Feast of St. Michael, otherwise known as Michaelmas, and to mark the occasion we present for your consideration St. Michael’s Victory over the Devil, a sculpture by Sir Jacob Epstein installed near the entrance of the modern Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England—and Kaneko’s clear inspiration for the martial saint and archangel. Kaneko copies not only the spear and cuirass/skirt combo but also the outstretched, unengaged pose and slicked-back hair which are fairly distinct of Epstein’s modern depiction, differing from classical art where Michael surmounts Satan with the point of his weapon and can possess effeminate hair and features.
For the sake of completeness, also included is the inspiration for Keita Amemiya’s version of Michael from Shin Megami Tensei IV: A Random Pile of Scrap Metal, by noted street artist Jun K. Yard. Clearly influenced by the contorted and twisted shapes in Jun K. Yard’s piece, Amemiya’s Michael is also seemingly vomiting up his own entrails, a direct reference to the source material’s randomly strewn rusted pipes and junk scraps.