Christ in Limbo

An unknown artist captured Christ as he floats above earth, holding a cross in one hand, while he blesses the naked crowd of men and women who raise their arms in supplication below. Using pen and brown ink, the artist deftly modeled the figures and fabrics draped around Christ's shoulders. While the outlines of the bodies have been drawn with steady contours, he used small flicks and curls to create such details as eyes, dimpled flesh, and bulging muscles. Finally he applied a monochrome application of brown to create further shadows and texture. Scholars believe this drawing was made as a design for the wing of an altarpiece, as the curved frame along the upper left side is similar to other altarpieces.

Pen and brown ink and brown wash (1520-1540)

by Unknown maker, Flemish Master

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