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Last Judgment Window: Good and Bad Man in Church

An interesting double scene showing the same priest ministering to a good man (left) and a bad man (right) in church. It forms the center of the bottom register of the Last Judgment Window in the ambulatory of Bourges Cathedral, dating from c.1215-25. Along with the death scenes of the men on each side, it makes for a poignant earthly prelude to the cosmic events shown above. On the left, an angel supports the good man as he kneels before the altar and grasps the priest's stole. On the right, a rich man (indicated by large purse and fur-lined cloak) is pulled out of church by a demon. The priest holds a book in his left hand and points an unknown object at him with his right.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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