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The Harrowing of Hell and Scenes from the Life of Christ
  • Russia
  • The Harrowing of Hell and Scenes from the Life of Christ, 1700s
  • Where object was made: Russia
  • tempera on wood
  • Canvas/Support: 58.4 x 49.5 cm
    Canvas/Support: 23 x 19 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mrs. Julius Holmes
  • Not on display
  • 1947.0019
Multimedia
Description
Literature

Thirteen images of figures in a landscapes or interior scenes. The central image is four times larger than the others. Four images border the center on all four sides with a gold border surrounding. The central image has two full-length figures (identified as Jesus Christ) in body halos with surrounding figures in the bottom left, top left and center right in a landscape (identified as Limbo/Harrowing of Hell). The top left image has figures in an interior
including a woman in a bed (identified as Saint Anne) and a baby (identified as the Virgin Mary). The image directly to the right depicts figures in an interior (identified as the Temple) including a young woman (identified as the Virgin Mary) before a man on steps. The image directly to the right depicts a winged figure/angel (identified as the Archangel Gabriel) and a seated woman (identified as the Virgin Mary). The image in the top right corner depicts figures in a landscape (identified as the Virgin Mary and the three Magi). The image directly below depicts a full-length nude male (identified as Jesus Christ) standing in water to the left of a figure (identified as Saint John the Baptist). The image directly below depicts three full-length figures (the central one identified as Jesus Christ) above three reclining figures in the foreground. The image below the top left corner depicts three full-length figures before a male (identified as Simeon) holding a child (identified as Jesus Christ in an interior (identified as the Temple). The image directly below depicts a full-length figure (identified as Jesus Christ) on a donkey with figures before a palm tree with a city (identified as Jerusalem) in the background. The bottom left image depicts a figure (identified as Jesus Christ) on a cloud flanked by two winged figures/angels above a group of figures (identified as the Virgin Mary and the apostles). The image directly to the right depicts a full-length female (identified as the Virgin Mary) seated in the center surrounded by twelve figures (identified as the apostles). The image directly to the right depicts a female figure (identified as the Virgin Mary) lying down with a figure in a body (identified as Jesus Christ) halo above her surrounded by figures in an interior. The bottom right image depicts two figures standing on either side of a wooden cross (identified as the True Cross) surrounded by figures in an interior.