Dies Irae

The Dies Irae is considered by many to be not only the greatest sequence, but the greatest Latin poem in history. There are hundreds of translations and commentaries on the chant.

One of the best commentaries is the book, Dies Irae, by Fr. Nicholas Gihr.

I made a photo series that, for each image, combines one stanza of the Dies Irae with one quote from Fr. Gihr’s book that illuminates that particular stanza.

Artwork: The Last Judgment, Michaelangelo

Artwork: detail of The Last Judgment, Peter Paul Rubens

Artwork: detail of The Last Judgment, Michaelangelo

Artwork: detail of The Last Judgment, Fra Angelico

Artwork: Last Judgment, Jan Provoost

Artwork: Last Judgment, Ralph Coxcie

Artwork: left wing of the triptych The Last Judgment, Hans Memling

Artwork: center panel of the polyptych The Last Judgment, Rogier van der Weyden

Artwork: Christ in Majesty and the Last Judgment, f. 87v, Book of Hours, use of Thérouanne (‘Hours of Charles Le Clerc’). http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/ILLUMIN.ASP?Size=mid&IllID=57471

Artwork: Christ and the Samaritan Woman, Duccio di Buoninsegna

Artwork: Last Judgment, Giotto di Bondone

Artwork: Last Judgment anf the Wise and Foolish Virgins, Unknown

Artwork: Between the Two Thieves, Ioannis Moskos

Artwork: center panel of triptych The Last Judgment, Bernaert van Orley

Artwork: Detail of The Last Judgment, Jan van Eyck

Artwork: detail of The Last Judgment, Fra Angelico

Artwork: The Last Judgment, Pieter Huys