Works that highlight the various media and techniques of printmaking in use in the seventeenth century

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St. Jerome in His Study

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St. Jerome in His Study

Albrecht Dürer

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engraving on laid paper

9.9 x 7 9/16 in. (25.24 x 19.21 cm);9 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. (24.77 x 18.73 cm);19 3/8 x 14 1/4 in. (49.21 x 36.2 cm)

Subject matter
Saint Jerome (331–420), who made the authoritative Latin translation of the Bible, sits hunched over his desk at the back of a room with pen in hand. Around the room we find evidence of Jerome’s fiery asceticism: the skull on the window ledge, the small crucifix on the corner of the desk, the hourglass on the back wall. But these reminders of transience, death, and transcendental concerns are dispersed among objects rooted in the everyday: a pair of scissors hanging on the back wall, the finely worked legs of the desk, or the pair of shoes sitting under the bench. The napping dog and drowsy lion stretch across the entrance to the room and embody the sense of domestic tranquility that pervades the scene. Jerome, however, remains immersed in his task, oblivious to the comforts surrounding him.

Physical Description
This engraving depicts a comfortable domestic interior. An old bearded man sits poring over a book at table in the back of the room. A lion and dog rest on the floor in the foreground. Various other objects appear around the room, including a skull, books, slippers, a crucifix, and a pair of scissors.

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dogs (devices for wood)
engravings (prints)
interior views
skulls (skeleton components)

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