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Christ in Limbo, 1579

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 203 x 244 mm
  • Inv. 2013-HX

Public Domain

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Christ in Limbo: 'who descended into hell, risen from the dead the third day' (after the Latin inscription Descendit ad infernvm tertia die resvrrexit a mortvis) refers to the fifth article of faith: belief in Christ's resurrection. The print shows Christ's descent into limbo after his death. He reaches the gates of hell and reaches out to Old Testament saints. Beside him Adam and Eve. In the background right the resurrection of Christ. The print has a Latin caption with a Bible quote referring to the Bible story depicted and a Latin caption on the Apostolic Creed. This is the fifth print in a 12-part series on the Creed.


Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Maerten de Vos RKD Wikidata
Antwerp 1532 - Antwerp 1603

Hans Sadeler RKD
Brussels 1550 - Venice 1600

Title Christ in Limbo
Date 1579
Period 16th century
Location Cologne TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: M:/ de Vos invet:
inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: Cum privilegio Regis./ Johannes/ sadeler fecit et excu:
inscription outside the depiction, top centre: Sicut enim fuit ..../... et tribus noctibus. Matth: 12.
inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: non relinques animam meam/ in inferno neque dabis sanc=/ tum tuum videre corrupti=/ onem Psal: 16.
inscription outside the depiction, centre below: Descendit ad in=/ fernum, tertia/ die resurrexit/ a mortuis.
inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: Nunc autem Christus re=/ surrexit a mortuis primi=/ tiae dormientium. i Corinth: i5
inscription on the reverse: 875
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
reproductive prints AAT
Inventory number 2013-HX
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D12 the cross ~ symbols of Christ Iconclass
11I62(ADAM & EVE) Adam and Eve (not in biblical context) Iconclass
11L31115 'descendit ad inferna, tertia die resurrexit a mortuis' ~ articles of faith Iconclass
11L541414 Hell (as one of the Four Last Things) Iconclass
25F9 mis-shapen animals; monsters Iconclass
31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31F symbols and personifications of Death Iconclass
31F1 symbols of Death Iconclass
31F26 Death as skeleton Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
51L51 Resurrection; 'Ressurrettione' (Ripa) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73D9 Christ in the underworld, harrowing of hell, Christ in Limbo, 'descensus ad inferos', 'Anastasis' Iconclass
73E events from Resurrection to Pentecost (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21; Acts 1:3-11); Mary's and Joseph's death Iconclass
73E1 Resurrection of Christ Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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