St. Jerome Hearing the Trumpet of the Last Judgment

Vincenzo Carducciabout 1626 - 1632

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

With a long beard and curling locks, a slightly disheveled Saint Jerome listens open-mouthed in astonishment as an angel overhead sounds its trumpet. Vicente Carducho drew Jerome interrupted in the act of writing, with his faithful friend and attribute the lion by his side.

Artists often showed Jerome writing, undoubtedly a common activity for the learned saint who translated the Bible into Latin. Jerome commonly appeared nearly nude, giving artists the opportunity to display his gaunt, ascetic figure. Carducho suggested the saint's lean, muscular body with brown wash and white gouache, using while radiating strokes of black chalk to describe the drapery, which nearly merges with the rocks. The artist reworked the saint's right leg several times, positioning it first forward and then further back until it rested underneath his left knee. The black chalk squaring on this drawing implies that Carducho intended this drawing as a preparatory study for a large painting, although scholars have not identified such a work.

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  • Title: St. Jerome Hearing the Trumpet of the Last Judgment
  • Creator: Vicente Carducho
  • Date: about 1626 - 1632
  • Physical Dimensions: 31.8 x 21.6 cm (12 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Black chalk with brown wash, heightened with white gouache, squared in black chalk
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 94.GA.86
  • Markings: Markings: Marked in the lower left corner in brown ink, the collection mark of Luigi Grassi (L. Suppl. 117b).
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Inscribed in the upper left corner in brown ink, "de Bicencio Carducho/20 Rls." and in the lower left corner in brown ink, "20 Rls".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Spanish
  • Classification: Drawings