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Title Saint Jerome in his Study
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist After Dürer, Albrecht (German printmaker and painter, 1471-1528)
Date Earliest possibly 1510
Date Latest about 1700
Description St Jerome is shown as a scholar at work in his study. The objects in the painting are chosen to signify the saint's significance as a Christian theologian and to encourage the viewer to meditate on the vanity of worldly things and the inevitability of death, including the guttered candle, and skull. This painting is based on an early sixteenth-century work by Albrecht Durer and is close in composition to copies after Dürer by Joos van Cleve.
Current Accession Number 44769i
Subject interior; religion (St Jerome); allegory (vanitas); still life
Measurements 41.5 x 29.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Publications Friedlander, M., Early Netherlandish Painting, vol. IX, Part 1, p. 58, no. 39, pl. 57.
Notes The original source for this painting is 1) a work by Albert Dürer, Saint Jerome (1521, Museo de Arte Antigua, Lisbon) which uses both the same half-length format and melancholy pose of the saint and objects symbolic of death and judgement and 2) an engraving , Saint Jerome in his Study (1514, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), its influence being the candlestick holding an extinguished candle. This painting is also based on a work by Joos van Cleve in which the composition is borrowed from the painting by Durer and works by Marinus Van Reymerswaele. This work is very close to a painting by Cleve, Christie's, London, 22 April 1994, lot 4 which is on the file at the Wellcome Library. See Friedlander, M., Early Netherlandish Painting, vol. IX, Pt 1, p. 58, no. 39, pl. 57 for examples by Joos van Cleve. The skull is on its side in the van Cleve and in the Wellcome example. A note on the file records that this work is related to one at the Royal College of Defence Studies, Seaford House, Belgrave Sq.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn




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