photo 8 of 211
Bourges Cathedral: Last Judgment Window: The Bad Death

Last Judgment Window: The Bad Death

Right half of an interesting double scene on the bottom register of the Last Judgment Window in the ambulatory of Bourges Cathedral, dating from c.1215-25. Replacing the usual donor panels, it makes for a poignant earthly prelude to the cosmic events shown above. 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. On the right, the man's soul is punished by demons in a fiery hell. He receives the usual special punishment for greed: a demon gleefully defecates money in his mouth. Restorer's mark "G39" visible in the right panel.