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Van Reymerswale was an artist from Zeeland, who was influenced by Quinten Massijs and Albrecht Dürer. Jerome sits at his desk with a Bible opened at a fine miniature of the Last Judgement, showing the enthroned Christ flanked by two trumpet-playing angels. The Virgin Mary and St John the Baptist kneel at his feet. The image of the Last Judgement is inspired by Dürer’s 1510 engraving from The Small Passion. Jerome directs his anguished gaze toward us, his face deeply lined. His left hand points toward the skull lying on the table before him. This image of Jerome was very popular in the sixteenth century and draws on the representation of the saint developed by Dürer in 1521, although the lion has disappeared. Various copies survive, including versions in Douai, Bamberg, Amsterdam and Bruges. The original work, signed and dated (1521), is now in the Prado in Madrid. The Antwerp copy is close in quality to the Prado version.

Details

  • Title: St Jerome of Bethlehem
  • Creator: (Copy after) Marinus van Reymerswale
  • Location: (Reimerswaal, 1490/95 – Goes, 1546/56)

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