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Christ in Limbo, from Passion of Christ

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Jan Sadeler, the Elder (Flemish, 1550-1600)
after Marcus Gheeraerts, the Elder (Flemish, c. 1520-c. 1590)

About this artwork

In this work the oval format has been utilized to show Christ emerging triumphantly from the jaws of Hell, rendered in a style akin to that of Hieronymus Bosch—the eyes of the gaping beast curl out from two sinuous monsters biting their own tails. Bannered staff in hand, Christ reaches toward a few of the worthy souls sequestered in Limbo until his Resurrection while avoiding the hovering demons above and lurking below.


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Jan Sadeler, I


Christ in Limbo, from Passion of Christ


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1570–1600


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Plate: 16.2 × 11.3 cm (6 7/16 × 4 1/2 in.); Sheet: 17.2 × 12.4 cm (6 13/16 × 4 15/16 in.)

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The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

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