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Last Judgment, Central Tympanum, Amiens Cathedral.

1240 CE
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This last judgement occupies the central tympanum over the main door on the Western face of Amiens Cathedral. On the lower register, the dead reawake and clamber out of their tombs as angels blow horns signaling the second coming of Christ. In the middle register, the damned on our right are being led into hell, while the saved on the left are led to heaven. Notice that the damned are naked and the saved are clothed. At the top is Christ. How does this typical medieval vision of hell compare to Dante's depiction of the underworld? 


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