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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.

Date:

1575/1600

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Jan Sadeler, the Elder

Title

Christ in Limbo, from Passion of Christ

Place

Flanders (Artist's nationality)

Date

Artist's working dates 1570–1600

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

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.)

Credit Line

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection

Reference Number

1942.264

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