Jan Brueghel the Elder & Hans Rottenhammer Christ's Descent into Limbo
On view in Room 4
After his death, Christ was supposed to have descended into the underworld, to free Adam and Eve, and all the righteous, and take them up to heaven. This descent is depicted here by Brueghel I and Rottenhammer, who often worked together.
The small painting belonged to the family of Orange, and was part of the painting gallery of stadholder Willem V. Later it ended up in the Mauritshuis.
Jan Brueghel the Elder (Brussels 1568 - 1625 Antwerp) and Hans Rottenhammer (Munich 1564 - 1624 Augsburg)
Christ's Descent into Limbo
On view in
Material and technical details
26.5 x 35.5 cm
Signed and dated
lower right: . BRVEGHEL . 1597
King-Stadholder William III, Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn, before 1697; Stadholder Johan William Friso, Apeldoorn, 1712; Prince William V, The Hague, until 1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum Central des Arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822