Christ's Descent into Limbo

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Christ's Descent into Limbo

Jan Brueghel the Elder

285 - zaal 4

After his death, Christ was supposed to have descended into the underworld, to free Adam and Eve, and all the righteous, and take them up to heaven. This descent is depicted here by Brueghel I and Rottenhammer, who often worked together.

The small painting belonged to the family of Orange, and was part of the painting gallery of stadholder Willem V. Later it ended up in the Mauritshuis.

oil no copper
26.5 x 35.5 cm.
Collection William V, transferred 1816