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Miranda Jackovich

Many Medieval churches took opportunity to use the monumental scale of its architecture by displaying biblical imagery and symbols on it. ‘The Church of Saint Lazare at Autun’ used the archway entrance of the church to depict the Last Testament. The art piece shows the representation of Christ watching over heaven and hell, to his right is Saint Michael weighing souls on a scale that is being tipped by a demon. Underneath the image is a inscription stating “May this terror terrify those whom earthly error bind, for the horror of these images here in this manor truly depicts that will be’. Those who were illiterate could still comprehend the gravity of its message. The church would remind all levels of society that God weighs everyone’s soul the same, and the imagery allows all to understand.