Descent of Christ into Limbo

Room 27
Artists / Makers / Authorities: 
Bartolomé Bermejo
Córdoba, circa 1440 – Barcelona, circa 1501
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The panel of the Descent of Christ into Limbo is one of the four compartments of an altarpiece by Bartolomé Bermejo, a painter from Cordoba that developed his work known in the Corona de Aragón. Bermejo’s work, characterized by a realism that has no idealisations, incorporates many of the novelties of the Nordic art, like the use of oil as binder, replacing egg tempera.

All four paintings were part of the same predella dedicated to Christ the Redeemer, which has been identified as the one from a documented altarpiece by the painter, devoted to Santo Domingo de Silos (Daroca). The works were documented in Paris in 1898, in the collection of the painter Carlos Sáenz de Tejada, on whose death they were acquired by José Muñoz Ortiz, who sold them in 1914: the first two to the Museu d’Art i d’Arqueologia de Barcelona, through the mediation of Salvador Sanpere i Miquel, and the other two to Teresa Amatller i Cros, through the intervention of Josep Gudiol.

The other panels of this set can also be seen at the museum: Resurrection, Entrance into Paradise and vision of the Crucified and Ascension.


Circa 1474-1479

89.5 x 69.5 x 2.5 cm

Purchased 1914

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Co The MNAC keeps another panel from the same work, with the Resurrection of Christ, and two more, Entrance into Paradise and vision of the Crucified and the Ascension, are from the collection of the Institut Amatller d'Art Hispànic (Barcelona).
Oil and gilding on wood
Century: 15th
Subject: Religion
Bartolomé Bermejo - Ascension - Circa 1475 [1]
Ascension [1]