Albrecht Dürer, 'The Large Passion: The Harrowing of Hell'

Albrecht Dürer, 'The Large Passion: The Harrowing of Hell'

Albrecht Dürer (1471 -1528)
'The Large Passion: The Harrowing of Hell'
Germany
1510
Woodcut
Museum no. E.711-1940
Bequeathed by Miss Alice G.E.Carthew

According to Roman Catholic belief, Christ descended into the underworld between the time of his Crucifixion and his Resurrection. He rescued the souls of all the just people who had died and been held in limbo. Holding Christ 's cross is Adam - the first man that God created.