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The Bible has only brief references to Christ's descent into Limbo, which took place after his crucifixion and before the resurrection. The story is told in full in the 'Golden Legend' compiled in the thirteenth century. Christ is seen here trampling underfoot the massive gates to Limbo, on the fringes of hell. Demons, the discomfited forces of Satan, blow discordant trumpets. Giovanni Bellini first worked in Venice with his father Jacopo Bellini and his brother Gentile Bellini.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
oil on vellum on panel
H 51.8 x W 37.3 cm
bequeathed by F. P. M. Schiller, 1946