St. Jerome in His Study (1511) by Albrecht Durer

St. Jerome in His Study - Albrecht Durer - 1511

Artwork Information

TitleSt. Jerome in His Study
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About St. Jerome in His Study

The artwork “St. Jerome in His Study” is a creation by Albrecht Dürer, dating back to the year 1511. This piece is made using pen and ink and is a fine representation of the Northern Renaissance art movement. It falls into the genre of religious painting. The illustration captures St. Jerome engrossed in his scholarly pursuits.

In this meticulous drawing, St. Jerome is depicted seated at his desk, fully immersed in reading or writing, with the tools of his scholarly work scattered around. The room is detailed, showing an arched window that lets light into the space and a collection of books, symbolizing St. Jerome’s dedication to study and knowledge. A lion, which is often associated with the saint due to legends of Jerome removing a thorn from a lion’s paw, lies peacefully in the foreground, adding to the narrative and symbolizing Jerome’s connection to the natural and the divine. Dürer’s expert use of line and light in this composition portrays a serene and contemplative atmosphere that reflects the saint’s intellectual and spiritual pursuits. The date “1511” appears within the drawing, serving as a testament to the time of its creation.

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