St. Jerome in the Wilderness

Moderno (Galeazzo Mondella) (Italian, Verona 1467–1528 Verona)
model ca. 1490 (possibly cast 16th century)
Copper alloy, with reddish brown natural patina; pierced at the top.
7.5 x 5.7 cm, wt. 76.32 g.
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
The model of this plaquette dates to about 1490, and is stylistically related 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). 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.
Robert Lehman, New York