c.1450. Oil on panel, partially transferred on canvas. Musee Hotel-Dieu, Beaune, France. Read Note.
Beaune Altarpiece. Christ as Judge is speaking the Latin words, written in black and white, from the Gospel according to St. Matthew: “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”, and “Depart from me, ye cursed, into the everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”. The lilies coming out of his mouth on the right are signs of mercy, and the fiery sword on the left is the sign of his anger. The archangel Michael is supplying the evidence for the judgment of souls by weighing their sins against their virtues.
See: Rogier van der Weyden. Beaune Altarpiece, exterior without the upper wings. Beaune Altarpiece. Central part.