Rogier van der Weyden 1399/1400 – 1464

The Last Judgment - centre panel

oil on panel (215 × 101 cm) — 1443-1451 Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, Beaune

Rogier van der Weyden biography

This work is linked to Revelation 20:11

This is the centre panel of Van der Weyden's Beaune polyptych with the Last Judgment.

In the upper half Christ sits on his throne. Below him archangel Michael stands on Earth. In the scales he holds are two tiny figures, representing one man's good and bad sides.

Above the left figure's head is the text virtutes, virtues. Above the other figure's head it says peccata, sins. The figure on the right looks down and is horrified by the hell he sees. The other one, closer to heaven, prays in gratitude.

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