The J. Paul Getty Museum

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:

late 13th century

Medium:

Tempera colors and gold leaf

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig II 5, fol. 191v

Dimensions:

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

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Object Description

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.

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