Saint Jerome by Albrecht Durer

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Artwork Information

TitleSaint Jerome
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Saint Jerome

The artwork titled “Saint Jerome” by Albrecht Dürer is a religious painting from the Northern Renaissance period. It captures the figure of Saint Jerome, an important Christian scholar, in a contemplative state.

The image depicts Saint Jerome in a serene, natural setting that suggests a wilderness or a private retreat. He is seated with a book open on his lap, symbolizing his scholarly activities, particularly his translation of the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate). Jerome is often shown with a lion, referencing the legend where he removed a thorn from a lion’s paw, and this creature is indeed present in this artwork, lying calmly near his feet. The environment is detailed, with trees, rocks, and possibly a small stream or body of water, contributing to the ambiance of peaceful seclusion. Jerome’s halo signifies his sainthood, while his focused expression and quiet surrounding emphasize his devotion and intellectual pursuits. The detail and precision of the image are characteristic of Dürer’s meticulous printmaking technique.

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