Passion of Jesus Christ: The Descent into Limbo

Passion of Jesus Christ: The Descent into Limbo

1400s

Master AG

(German)

Engraving

Sheet: 14.7 x 10.5 cm (5 13/16 x 4 1/8 in.); Mat Size: 36.3 x 24.5 cm (14 5/16 x 9 5/8 in.)

Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1922.477

Catalogue raisonné: Lehrs VI.111.16

State: I?/III

Location

Description

Christ is shown
preparing to enter the doorway leading to limbo,
the first circle of hell, in order to redeem the Old
Testament saints. The door has symbolically broken
from its hinges, crushing Satan beneath. Christ
grasps Adam, now old and gray, by the wrist,
accompanied by Eve and other Old Testament
righteous ones. The artist has creatively depicted a
variety of demons who glare helplessly at Christ.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Engraving
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Engraving

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