Christ in Limbo

Albrecht Dürer1512/hand-colored circa 1588

Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums
Cambridge, United States

The engraving was hand-colored by Georg Mack the Elder circa 1588 (initialed "GM" in gold). The recto border of the vellum mount is decorated with a scroll of flowers, four birds and a tortoise. The verso has a German manuscript text in brown ink and gold relating to the Entombment of Christ, and the border is decorated with a scroll of red lilies, a caterpillar, a butterfly, other insects and a duck.


  • Title: Christ in Limbo
  • Date: 1512/hand-colored circa 1588
  • Technique: Engraving
  • Physical Dimensions: w7.4 x h11.7 x d0.0 cm (print)
  • Credit Line: Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Anonymous Fund for the Acquisition of Prints Older than 150 Years
  • Artist: Albrecht Dürer
  • Type: Prints
  • External Link: Harvard Art Museums
  • Medium: Engraving, hand-colored with watercolor, opaque watercolor, and gold on cream antique laid paper, adhered to a decorated vellum mount; verso of mount: decorated border, with German manuscript text in brown ink and gold

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