St Jerome by Titian

St Jerome - Titian -

Artwork Information

TitleSt Jerome
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationSanta Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy

About St Jerome

The artwork “St Jerome” is a religious painting by the renowned artist Titian, who is considered one of the leading figures of the High Renaissance art movement. The medium used for this artwork is oil on panel, which was a common practice during the time of its creation. This masterpiece is displayed in the Santa Maria della Salute in Venice, Italy, enhancing the church’s rich collection of art with its spiritual and artistic significance.

In the artwork, St Jerome is depicted in a contemplative state, fully immersed in his reading. The circular format of the painting focuses the viewer’s gaze on the saint’s face and the text before him. Titian’s masterful use of oil allows for a nuanced interplay of light and shadow, which gives the figure a three-dimensional quality. Jerome’s intense gaze upon the scripture, along with a hint of a furrowed brow, suggests a moment of profound insight or deep theological thought. The use of warm, earthen tones in the portrayal emphasizes the humility and the earthly connection of the saint’s scholarly pursuit, while the subtle contrast between the red of his garment and the muted background serves to draw the viewer’s attention directly to the saint himself. Such a work not only serves as a religious icon but also exemplifies the stylistic advances of Renaissance painting with its focus on realism, emotion, and the play of light and color.

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