Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)

Maesta (verso) (detail)

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Saskia, Ltd., Cultural Documentation

Abstract

The episode of the Descent into Hell is not mentioned in the canonical gospels, but recounted in the apocryphal gospel of Nicodemus. It is an iconographic theme little diffused in Western painting, shows clear traces of Byzantine art in the abundant use of gold on Jesus' robe and the unimaginative layout of the scene itself. Having burst open the gates of hell, Christ arrives in limbo to set his forefathers free: while helping Adam to rise, he treads on a hideous Satan, who lies vanquished and blind with rage.

Keywords

Sienna, Italy, Siena, Italy (Cathedral at the Piazza del Campo), Style: Italian Byzantine, School: Byzantine, Movement: Byzantine, Italian, Painting;, Painting

Subject: topical

Style: Italian Byzantine; School: Byzantine; Movement: Byzantine; Italian; Painting;

Subject: geographic

Sienna, Italy; Siena, Italy (Cathedral at the Piazza del Campo)

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Genre

Painting; picture

Holding Location

University of South Florida USF

Collection

Art and Art History (Saskia)

Identifier

A01-KIF0039

Maesta (verso) (detail)

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