MOSAIC ARTIST, Italian
(active 1240-1300 in Florence)

Vault (west section, detail)

1240-1300
Mosaic
Baptistry, Florence

The large figure of Christ as World Judge in a circular aureole dominates the impression of the whole vault mosaics.

Christ sits enthroned above the heavenly spheres, the top one bordered, like the aureole, with an intricate design reminiscent of textile decoration. His monumental and three-dimensional figure, which overlaps the aureole with its halo and one foot, seems all the more powerful against this delicate decor. Its three-dimensionality is mainly an effect produced by the drapery. In accordance with the description of Last Judgment in the gospel of Matthew, Christ has extended his right hand invitingly, while his left hand indicates rejection. The wounds on his hands and feet are present, but the wound in his side is not shown.




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