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St Jerome in his Study

Artist/s name
24.3 x 18.5 cm (image) 24.5 x 18.8 cm (sheet)
Catalogue/s Raisonné/s
Bartsch 60
Accession Number
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1891
Gallery location
Not on display

Dürer depicted St Jerome, the scholar-saint who first translated the Bible into Latin, a number of times throughout his life. In this intimate domestic image, the unassuming saint is illuminated by the gentle light coming through the bottle-glass windows, accompanied by his dozing lion and dog. The study, said to resemble one of the upper rooms in Dürer’s house, is drawn with meticulous perspectival accuracy. A technical masterpiece, the engraving has had almost every surface tonally defined through lines, hatching and flecks, with the main exception being the untouched paper of the glow of St Jerome’s halo.