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The Last Communion of Saint Jerome

Artist:
Workshop of Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi) (Italian, Florence 1444/45–1510 Florence)
Date:
ca. 1491–1503(?)
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, traces of black chalk.
Dimensions:
6 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. (15.9 x 19.7 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.280
Not on view
Saint Jerome, the fourth-century ascetic and scholar who translated the Bible into Latin, is portrayed receiving his last communion from fellow monks. The drawing is a contemporary copy of a painting by Botticelli (one of the four painted versions is in the Metropolitan Museum, 14.40.642). The study focuses on the primary figural grouping, excluding some of the accompanying figures as well as the interior view of the saint’s cell. The Metropolitan’s painting was made in the 1490s for the wealthy Florentine wool merchant and art patron, Francesco del Pugliese.
Marking: Annotated in pencil on the verso in a modern hand: 16 feb. 38. Louis d'or. / Weiss.
A. Bourduge, France (Lugt 70); J.W. Nahl, Kassel (Lugt 1954); Edward Habich, Kassel (Lugt 862); Habich sale 1899, lot 114; William Bateson, Merton House, Granchester near Cambridge (Lugt 2604a); Bateson sale 1929, lot 10; Weiss (?); [E. Parsons and Sons, London]. Acquired by Robert Lehman from Parsons and Sons on September 11, 1929.
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