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St. Jerome in Penitence

St. Jerome in Penitence

c. 1497

Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471–1528)


Image: 32 x 22.5 cm (12 5/8 x 8 7/8 in.); Sheet: 32 x 22.5 cm (12 5/8 x 8 7/8 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Prasse Collection, fiftieth anniversary gift 1966.175

Catalogue raisonné: Meder 57c

Did you know?

According to legend, after he aided a lion by pulling a thorn from its paw, it became Saint Jerome's permanent companion.


This print shows Albrecht Dürer’s interpretation of Saint Jerome in the wilderness. In this image, the saint is a gaunt
penitent who kneels in front of a small crucifix placed on top of a tree stump (a reference to Christ’s cross and the tree of knowledge), while holding a rock in his right hand. Jerome was said to have beat his chest with a rock to alleviate his frequent hallucinations. Dürer included several different plant species, all Northern European in origin, displaying his
dedication to the careful study and depiction of real plants.

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