|The Judgment of the Nations,
early 6th century C.E., Mosaic, |
Ravenna, Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, upper register of the nave.
This image of really poor quality is the first representation of the Devil (at least according to Jeffey Burton Russell). The Devil is shown without horns, and not as a hybrid, and without a psycho glare in his eyes, and with a halo. The best thing is the Devil is not even in red, so no fiery fires of hell, he is wearing light blue. Granted he is on the left of Christ not on the right and counting goats rather than sheep.
To me this image is enchanting its a first ever image and its so different from what we see 14 centuries onwards.