DÜRER, Albrecht
(b. 1471, Nürnberg, d. 1528, Nürnberg)

Harrowing of Hell; or, Christ in Limbo (No. 14)

Engraving, 117 x 73 mm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sheet No. 14 of the Engraved Passion.

Adam and Eve are on the left, Moses is behind them, Cerberus above. The contrast between engraved and woodcut versions is similar to that described for the Deposition. The man whose arm Christ is touching is probably St John the Baptist. This print is a new and felicitous rendering, bearing witness to Dürer's inventiveness and imagination. Eve looks charming next to the aged Adam.