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Maker(s):Wierix, Hieronymus
Culture:Flemish (1553-1619)
Title:The Descent into Limbo from the series The Passion of Christ
Date Made:before 1619
Place Made:Europe
Measurements:Mat: 18 in x 14 in; 45.7 cm x 35.6 cm; Mount: 12 5/16 in x 9 5/16 in; 31.3 cm x 23.7 cm; Sheet/Image: 3 7/16 in x 2 1/16 in; 8.7 cm x 5.2 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTIONS: recto, lwr. ctr. (printed within plate): Penetrabo omnes inferiores partes terrae, / et illuminabo omnes sperantes in / Domino. Eccles. 24. ; recto, lwr. ctr. (printed within plate): Hieronymus Wierx excud. Cum Gratia et Privilegio. Buschere. ; INSCRIPTION: verso of secondary support, upp. ctr. (pen and brown ink): 1061
Accession Number:  MH 2010.11.1.16
Credit Line:Purchase with the Marian Hayes (Class of 1925) Art Purchase Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Christ opens what looks like a cellar door to release a large group of people. Several demons peak out of windows and corners. Behind Christ, standing in a doorway is Adam looking back at the scene. Just half of the back of Eve is visible in the doorway in front of Adam.

Christianity; demons; afterlife

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