The Last Judgement

Tristanna Emani

Added on January 30, 2021

 The Great Subject Matter or ‘Mission of Art’ finds full realisation in the depictions of literally the ‘Last Judgement’ or “Day of Reckoning’ where all kinds of miracles are prophesized – the bodily resurrection of all the dead, “of both the just and the unjust” (Acts 24:15), will precede the Last Judgment. This will be “the hour when all who are in the tombs will hear [the Son of man’s] voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment” (Jn 5:28-29)

Then Christ will come “in his glory, and all the angels with him. . . . Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. . . . And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life (Mt 25:31,32,46).”

The themes find interesting representation, with many of the compositional features and layouts established by early Ikon painters, explored in diverse ways through the Italian and Flemish schools, and in more recent times finding fascinating re-presentation through the gnostic Christian visionary William Blake.

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