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St. Jerome Praying

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1665

Artist:

Claude Mellan
French, 1598-1688

About this artwork

Penitent and disheveled, Jerome kneels in front of a crucifix and the Bible that he had translated into Latin. In his hand, he clutches the stone that he often used to beat his breast. Behind him, a skull peers out at the viewer, a reminder of the transience of life on earth. Other attributes of Jerome abound: the robe and hat in the foreground signify his appointment to the office of cardinal under Pope Damascus I, the glasses and book represent his learned character, and the lion in the distant background recalls the legend that Jerome once pulled a thorn out of the beast’s paw.

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Artist

Claude Mellan

Title

St. Jerome Praying

Origin

France

Date

1665

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

445 × 298 mm (plate); 447 × 302 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Elizabeth Hammond Stickney Collection

Reference Number

1887.284

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