Christ in Limbo, c. 1480


Bequest of Herschel V. Jonesexpand_more  P.68.256

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Before rising from the dead, Christ descended into limbo or hell to retrieve the dead souls who awaited the coming of the Messiah. Christ is represented as a triumphant figure of divine light, wielding his cross, to which the banner of the Resurrection is fastened, and defeating one of the demons who guarded the now broken door to hell. More frightful monsters torture anonymous souls who patiently await Christ's help behind the door. Other figures in limbo can be identified as Adam and Eve, who holds the forbidden apple in her left hand, and Saint John the Baptist, in his animal-skin tunic, who kneels in prayer beside them.

Christ in Limbo
Artist Life
c. 1440/53–1491
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
B.19; L.V.160.29; Lehrs 29
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