Rather strange, you’re approaching a big arch with large gates. It should be inviting and you would like to feel welcome, but… have you ever looked up at a church entrance? What you see there is not that funny: monsters tearing you apart, a large figure staring down upon you, shivering little people, but fortunately also some cheerful looking persons. How welcome are you really?
The pictures show the most beautiful tympanum I have seen, in Conques (Fr). This picture in relief depicts the choice between good and evil. The good person is allowed to go to heaven, guided by angels. The evil person is seized by demons, pushed into the leviathan and foltered in hell.
Later on, I would like to tell you more about illustrations regarding the church, but right now I would like to link to the statue annunciation which shows an angel (besides the hotpants I already told you about) and a very typical medieval gesture: a big pointing finger. To a believer back in those days that was an obvious sign: pay attention, pay attention! I have something to tell you.
Even without biblical knowledge everybody can think of the matching story, just by taking a little but of time. A pointing finger, such a subtle element in depicting a piece of a story is rather interesting, isn’t it…