Harrowing of Hell

1 Jan 2000 — 1 Jan 2020 at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, United States

13 JUNE 2017
Harrowing of Hell. Courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art
Harrowing of Hell. Courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art

According to Christian belief, between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection Christ descended triumphantly into hell, bringing salvation to souls held captive there since the beginning of time.

Adam and Eve, who exchange touching glances, are seen on the left with Moses behind them.

On the arch above the scene is Cerberus, a beast representing the terrors of the underworld.

Part of the large series known as the Engraved Passion, the scene depicts Christ being placed in the tomb after the Crucifixion.