Christ in Limbo (1511) by Albrecht Durer

Christ in Limbo - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleChrist in Limbo
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Christ in Limbo

“Christ in Limbo” is a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1511 as part of “The Small Passion” series, depicting a religious theme from the Northern Renaissance period. This artwork is currently housed in the British Museum, London, UK.

The woodcut portrays a dramatic scene filled with figures, reflecting the biblical narrative where Christ descends to Limbo. In the center, a nearly nude Christ dominates the composition, holding a cross staff as a banner of triumph while radiating a sense of calm authority. Surrounding Him, various characters react in contrasting ways: some appear awestruck, while others seem to recoil in fear or confusion. Detailed expressions suggest a tense, emotionally charged atmosphere as Christ breaks the old laws and releases the righteous souls. Dürer’s expert use of line and composition imbues the scene with a dynamic energy and a depth that adds to the perception of this theological event.

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