The Last Judgement

The Last Judgement is the moment promised in the Bible when Christ will return in glory to judge the living and the dead.

It can be shown in a number of ways. In this window Christ is seated between the Virgin Mary and St John. Angels blow their trumpets and, below, the dead rise out of the ground. A demon waits to take the damned to hell.

Other images show the saved, on the right of Christ, being taken to heaven and the damned, on his left, being dragged to hell.

  • Stained glass panel showing the Last Judgement
  • Germany, about 1500-10
  • Museum no. C.273-1928
When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, he will sit in state on his throne, with all the nations gathered before him. He will separate men into two groups, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Matth 25:31-33