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The Large Passion: Christ in Limbo (The Harrowing of Hell)

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The Large Passion: Christ in Limbo (The Harrowing of Hell)

1510
16th Century
15 1/2 x 11 in. (39.4 x 27.9 cm)

Albrecht Dürer, German, (1471–1528)

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: Europe
Medium and Support: Woodcut
Accession Number: 80-G-1089
Label from “Between Heaven and Hades: Journeys in Renaissance and Baroque Prints”, La Salle University Art Museum, September 13 - December 15, 2017:

After Christ’s death and resurrection, he walks on earth for three days before his final ascent into heaven. During this time, he descends towards Hell (or Limbo), which is guarded by fantastic demons. There he breaks open the gates and releases all of the just people who were born before his time, including Adam and Eve, redeeming them from original sin. Representations of this scene were popular in the Medieval and Renaissance periods, particularly in Byzantine art, where the Harrowing of Hell was also known as the Anastasis (Greek for “Resurrection”).
Current Location: In Storage

Exhibitions


- Between Heaven and Hades: Journeys in Renaissance and Baroque Prints, Curated by Dr. Klare Scarborough and Dr. Susan Dixon, La Salle University Art Museum, September 13 - December 15, 2017.

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Selected European and American Prints, Drawings and Watercolors, 15th to 20th Century, Curated by Caroline Wistar, La Salle University Art Museum, Fall 2001.

- The Enduring Legacy of Albrecht Durer, Curated by Caroline Wistar, La Salle University Art Museum, October 1st – November 24th, 1991.

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