A look at the entrance gate of the reformed Berner Münster is interesting. Here is divided between black and white, between good and evil. Everything that is on the right is evil, everything that is good, is or is left. All figures on the left are happy, those on the right are suffering and moving in the direction of hell. In the middle, the eternal judgment is presented.
The master builder Thomas Erhart Küng created together with his workshop the rich architectural work of the main portal hall and the altogether 294, partly full-plastic, partly relief-like figures in the last third of the 15th century. The side paintings from 1501 are the latest evidence of a group of painters who have painted their works with carnations.
The 234 finely crafted sandstone figures of the Münster portal represent the Last Judgment and are world famous. Because of air pollution in the 20th century, the 47 life-size figures had to be replaced by copies. The original figures are exhibited in the Bernisches Historisches Museum. An angel, dressed as a deacon, leads the wise virgins, whose bridal pomp recalls Dutch art; his scroll contains the words:
Careful, chaste, and wise, as you have been, come here, friends, sweet, to your Brütigam, Mary's child.
On the right, the foolish ones, wringing their hands, answer in strange costume:
Oh and woe, that we do not have Ochle (oil) to hand, to buy us, that we are looking at you.
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