Christ’s Descent into Limbo, anonymous, c. 1440

Christ’s Descent into Limbo, anonymous, c. 1440

oak with polychromy, gilding, leather, glass and metal, h 48.5cm Catalogue entry

These three groups, from a large Crucifixion altar, reveal how colourful most Gothic sculpture originally was. During a recent restoration, small slivers of glass were found in the old pigment; this would have added to the glittering impression of the whole. Research of the oak shows that the sculptures were carved after c. 1420, the felling date of the tree.

On display in room 0.1

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Rijksmuseum

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