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Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471–1528)

The Harrowing of Hell, plate 15 of 16 from the Engraved Passion (Copperplate Passion)

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Object Details

Artist

Albrecht Dürer

Date

1512

Medium

Engraving

Dimensions

4 3/4 x 3 1/8 inches (12.1 x 8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Harold L. Bache, Class of 1916, and Alice K. Bache

Object
Number

62.0440

The Harrowing of Hell in Roman Catholic tradition refers to the period between Christ’s death on t(…)

The Harrowing of Hell in Roman Catholic tradition refers to the period between Christ’s death on the cross and his resurrection when Christ descended to the underworld and saved all of the righteous who had died before him.

In this engraving, Christ is clothed while Adam and Eve modestly cover their groins with a fig leaf and the forbidden fruit, respectively.

(“Undressed: The Nude in Context, 1500-1750,” text by Andrew C. Weislogel and presented at the Johnson Museum February 9-June 16, 2019)

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