In Matthew 25:31-32 Jesus tells the disciples, "When the Son of
Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit
upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled
before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a
shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." The text goes on to
place the sheep on Christ's right and the goats on his left, as
shown in the mosaic.
This is one of the 13 mosaics of the life of Christ along the
upper band of the left wall of the nave. As in many representations of the Last
Judgment, Christ's hands tell the story. Here he extends his
right hand in welcome to the sheep but keeps his left out of view.
See also a view of the entire left wall with commentary on the iconography of Jesus and the apostles in these mosaics.
More of the Last Judgment
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