The Descent into Limbo

Object Details

Title:

The Descent into Limbo

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Byzantine

Place:

Nicaea Turkey Nicomedia (or) Turkey (Place created)

Date:

early 13th century - late 13th century

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold leaf on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 20.6 x 14.9 cm (8 1/8 x 5 7/8 in.)

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After his Crucifixion and before his Resurrection, Christ freed worthy Bible figures from limbo (an event known as the Anastasis in Greek). Here Christ pulls Adam by the wrist out of the tomb and toward the Kingdom of Heaven, while Abel, Eve, John the Baptist, King Solomon, and King David await their salvation. The two kings are dressed in the jeweled crowns and embroidered cloaks of Byzantine emperors.

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Exhibitions
Byzantium and the West (September 14 to December 5, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), September 14, 2004 to December 5, 2003