Part of a ceiling of painted oak

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From Guthrie Church, Angus

Postcard of Part of a ceiling of painted oak.
© National Museums Scotland

Part of a ceiling of painted oak

This is part of a painted oak ceiling from Guthrie Church in Angus. It dates from the late 15th century and is the only painted ceiling surviving from before the Reformation.

The painting depicts the Last Judgement. Christ sits on a rainbow in judgement on humanity, with John the Baptist and the Virgin Mary interceding for the souls of the faithful.

The ceiling covered the Guthrie Aisle, the private burial place of the local Guthrie family. The artist's name is not known, but he probably also painted the rood-screen at nearby Fouls Easter Church.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-716-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KL 221
Date: 15th century
Late 15th century
Material: Wood, painted
Dimensions: 6100 mm L x 6400 mm W
What: Ceiling, Guthrie Church
Subject: Carved woodwork, painted ceilings (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Angus, Guthrie Church
Description: Ceiling of painted wood from Guthrie Church, Angus, 15th century
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