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ID number:  BIRBI-59.7
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Florentine
Title / Object name:  St Jerome in the wilderness
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Florence
Culture:  Florentine
Date made:  about 1500
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Plate: 222 x 282 mm; mount 405 x 557 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Craddock & Barnard, October 1959, for £5

The scholar St Jerome retired to the Syrian Desert to live in seclusion as a hermit. He is depicted in a traditional manner; dishevelled and seminaked, with a rock for beating his breast. His customary attributes, a cardinal’s hat and lion, are also present. During the Renaissance, Jerome was recognised as an ultimate figure of Christian contemplation and devotion, due in part to his prolific theological writings that include his Latin translation of the Bible. Of modest quality, this engraving by an unidentified Florentine hand
probably records a now lost painting.

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