European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Christ in LimboMade in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe
Follower of Hieronymus Bosch, Netherlandish (active Hertogenbosch), c. 1450 - 1516
Oil on panel
Currently not on view
Inv. 2055John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelThis image of Christ rescuing Adam and Eve from Purgatory is one of the earliest imitations after Hieronymus Bosch in the John G. Johnson collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The scene is replete with bizarre creatures suffering from deformities that were thought to forebode evil in early modern Europe.