Loaf of bread as a redemptive weight. On medieval iconography of the weighing of souls
Among the eschatological subjects in the Middle Ages were The Weighing of Souls, which represents belief in a fair judgment, immortality of soul, eternal life, and the possibility to influence the life after death with good deeds. In medieval pictures, this idea is represented by a figure of St. Michael Archangel, who evaluates the deeds of the deceased using a steelyard balance. The paper brings the identification of the specific iconographic type. The authors put the surprising weigh in the form of a loaf of bread, which outweighs the stones, millstones as well as demons´ efforts to turn the results of weight to their advantage, in connection with the story about a rich tax-collector Peter, who angrily threw a loaf of bread at the beggar asking for alms.
SNM - Muzeum BOJNICE, Oddelenie umelecko-historické a reštaurátorské, Zámok a okolie 1, 972 01 Bojnice, Slovak Republic
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