Last Judgment Window: The Good Death
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Last Judgment Window: The Good Death

Left half of an interesting double scene on the bottom register of the Last Judgment Window in the ambulatory of Bourges Cathedral, dating from c.1215-25. Replacing the usual donor portraits, this makes for a poignant earthly prelude to the cosmic events shown above. Here an angel supports a man as he kneels before the altar and grasps the priest's stole. On the left is his good death, with an angel taking his soul to heaven. The other half of the scene (not seen here) shows a bad man and his fate.