Prints & Drawings - 6 of 9
St. Jerome in his Study
24.4 x 18.5 cm
Acquired by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1968
St. Jerome, a fourth-century scholar, writer, and translator, became in the sixteenth century a symbol for humanist learning. He was a favorite subject of Albrecht Dürer, who depicted him more often than any other saint. In St. Jerome in his Study, the scholar-saint is shown immersed in his task of translating the Bible from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. According to legend, St. Jerome once removed a thorn from a lion's paw, which thereafter was his constant companion; here the lion dozes peacefully in the tranquil, sunlit study. The Institute's collection includes a virtually complete representation of Dürer's vast corpus of engravings, woodcuts, and etchings.