Descent into Limbo (Mantegna)

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Descent into Limbo
ArtistAndrea Mantegna
Mediumtempera and gold on panel
Dimensions38.8 cm × 42.3 cm (15.3 in × 16.7 in)
LocationBarbara Piasecka Johnson Collection, Princeton

Descent into Limbo is a 1492 tempera and gold on panel painting by Andrea Mantegna, now in the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection in Princeton, New Jersey. It depicts the Descent into Limbo of Jesus Christ. There are also drawings of the subject by Mantegna in the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, whilst Giovanni Bellini also painted the subject.

Missing part[edit]

Studies for the catalogue Accademia Carrara, Bergamo Dipinti Italiani del Trecento e del Quattrocento (edited by Giovanni Valagussa), included a painting owned by the Accademia Carrara (Bergamo) from 1866. It had formerly been considered to be a studio work, under the title Resurrection. During the studies it was re-identified as the upper part of Descent into Limbo, thanks to a small cross divided between the two parts.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Bergamo, scoperto un Mantegna all'Accademia Carrara: si pensava fosse un'opera di bottega, vale 30 milioni di dollari" (in Italian).
  2. ^ "Bergamo, è di Mantegna la 'Resurrezione di Cristo' all'Accademia Carrara" (in Italian).
  3. ^ "L'Accademia Carrara di Bergamo scopre un Mantegna in magazzino Parte di un'opera milionaria" (in Italian).
  4. ^ Hooper, John (21 May 2018). "How a $30 Million Renaissance Masterpiece Was Found". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 23 May 2018.


  • (in Italian) Tatjana Pauli, Mantegna, serie Art Book, Leonardo Arte, Milano 2001. ISBN 9788883101878