Last Judgment with the Deësis
North tympanum, Burgos
As in the Deësis,
Christ is flanked by two
figures in postures of entreaty while angels
present him the instruments of the Passion by which he died for
mankind: on the left, the spear that pierced his side; on the right,
the pillar at which he was scourged; above, the cross.
Usually the two entreating figures in a Deësis are the Virgin Mary
and John the Baptist, who typically wears a beard. But in this case the
second figure is beardless and may represent John the Evangelist.
A capital in the same
cathedral's south portal uses the same iconography, though on a smaller
and more crowded scale.