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The Descent into Limbo
Nicaea, Turkey; Nicomedia (or), Turkey (Place Created)
late 13th century
Tempera colors and gold leaf
Ms. Ludwig II 5, fol. 191v
Leaf: 20.6 × 14.9 cm (8 1/8 × 5 7/8 in.)
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.
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