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Saint Jerome in His Study

Artist:
Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)
Date:
1514
Medium:
Engraving
Dimensions:
sheet: 9 11/16 x 7 7/16 in. (24.6 x 18.9 cm) trimmed on plate line
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.73.68
Not on view
Of Dürer's three technically brilliant Meisterstiche (master engravings) of 1513 and 1514, this is the one whose interpretation seems the most straightforward. Saint Jerome, translator of the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate) and thus the exemplar of the Christian scholar, is seated in a typical study of Dürer's day. He works peacefully at a slanted writing table, and his lion and dog slumber equally peacefully in the foreground. The light of his halo and the sunlight pouring in through the windows are in perfect equilibrium, and recurrent horizontals in the composition add to the pervasive sense of repose and harmony.
Marking: unidentified mark (Lugt 365)
Vendor: Junius Spencer Morgan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Print in the North".

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 13, 2009–July 12, 2009.

Koehler 71; B.VII.76.60; Hollstein VII.51.59; Schoch, Mende, and Scherbaum 70
Rainer Schoch, Matthias Mende, Anna Scherbaum Albrecht Dürer, Das druckgraphische Werk. Prestel, Vol. 1-3, Munich; London; New York, 2001–2004.



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