Lewis dates the model of this plaquette to about 1490, relating it in style to Moderno’s Pietà. A more accomplished and probably later variant exists in two very rare casts (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Musei Civici d’Arte e Storia, Brescia).1 Here the pose of Saint Jerome has been changed, the lion removed, the background extended, and the crucifix placed more to the right of the scene. The Lehman piece is a worn old aftercast with some loss of details, possibly dating from the sixteenth century.
Catalogue entry from: Frits Scholten. The Robert Lehman Collection. European Sculpture and Metalwork, Vol. XII. Frits Scholten, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, 2011, p. 162.
1. Pope-Hennessy, John. Renaissance Bronzes from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Reliefs, Plaquettes, Statuettes, Utensils and Mortars. London, 1965, no. 183; Lewis, Douglas. "The Plaquettes of 'Moderno' and His Followers." In Italian Plaquettes, edited by Alison Luchs. Studies in the History of Art (National Gallery of Art) 22. Washington, D.C., 1989, fig. 14.