Saint Jerome in His Study

1514
Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch (intaglio) 060; Meder 59a

Dimensions

Platemark: 24.7 x 18.8 cm (9 3/4 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

23.890

Medium or Technique

Engraving

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

With incomparable virtuosity Dürer conveys St. Jerome’s energetic application to his scholarly labors (probably his Latin translation of the Bible, the official or Vulgate version) in the ideal scholarly environment. Using subtle variations of line, the artist sought to define not only the individual qualities and textures of the objects in the room, but also the flickering light and shadow that play over and around them. The strength and subtlety of this impression suggests that it was one of the first taken from the plate.

Provenance

1923, sold by Mrs. Walter Scott Fitz (Henrietta Goddard Wigglesworth Fitz, b. 1847 - d. 1929), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1923)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. W. Scott Fitz and Duplicate Print Fund