The most famous example of a depiction of a Last Judgment at the retro-fašade is Giotto's fresco on the Scrovegni Chapel, at Padua. But even Michelangelo's fresco at the Sistine Chapel could be interpreted according to this tradition, as the Sistine Chapel has a reverse orientation, i.e., the altar wall (where the fresco is depicted) is the west wall.
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From: Christopher Crockett <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 09:53:07 -0500
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Subject: Re: [M-R] [Re: [M-R] Position of Hell]
> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
> Laura Jacobus <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> > Alternatively, instead of being greeted with the Doom/Last Judgement over
> the main west portal or on the chancel arch, it might be portrayed on the
> retro-facade which people saw if they were leaving through the west portal.
> i don't think i've ever seen one of these.
> do you have an example of one, for the Retro-Facadically challenged?
> the only one i can think of is the extensively figured one at Reims, but there
> is no Last Judgement there(?).
> > However, the snag in this idea seems to be that the west portal (ie in the
> main facade) was not in everyday [use?] in many churches, but was reserved for
> processional use on feast days etc.
> that may well be the case.
> though Jim Bugslag's thorough knowledge of the 13th c. Ordinary from Chartres
> would have to be tapped --my dim memory is that processions comming and going
> through the "Portam Regiam" (the West portals at Chartres) weree not uncommon,
> but other portals were also used on various feast days. including the portal
> for the crypt, which was quite modest.
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