Christ in Limbo

Follower of Hieronymus Bosch, Netherlandish (active Hertogenbosch), c. 1450 - 1516

Made in Netherlands (historical name, 15th-16th century), Europe

16th century

Oil on panel

21 1/2 × 16 5/16 inches (54.6 × 41.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor (Dorrance Galleries)

Accession Number:
Inv. 2055

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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This 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.

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