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  • Writer's pictureLindsey Hansen

Artwork Explained #2: The Last Judgment

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Continuing our series of "deep dives" into French artworks, today we'll tackle Last Judgment imagery. One of the most well-known versions of this scene is located on the west facade of Notre-Dame de Paris. But, as we'll see in this visit, the Last Judgment was a very popular scene in medieval art, and can be found in many places, both in Paris and beyond.

The goal of this visit is to give you the set of tools you need to identify Last Judgment imagery, and to decipher what all of its parts mean. Armed with these tools, you'll be able to wow your traveling partners as you decode the scene.

The usual note: the primary venue for this content is the stories feature on my Instagram page. All of the virtual visits will be saved in my story highlights. The purpose of the blog posts is to allow a greater audience (especially those without social media accounts) to benefit from the same content.

With that in mind, let's dive into the Last Judgement!

What other artworks would you like to see featured in this series? Feel free to drop me a line via email or here in the comments and let me know if there's anything in particular you'd like to explore in future visits!

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