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St Jerome

Monogrammist I.C.Before 1686

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

The painting depicts St Jerome seated at a table, a halo around his head, which rests on one hand in a gesture of melancholy, while the other hand rests on a skull and a book. As alluded to by this last attribute, St Jerome (c. 347 - 420), whose full name was Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus, translated the Greek and Roman versions of the Bible into Latin, the text that came to be known as the 'Vulgate', and which is still in use today. It is unclear, however, if this is the book held by the Saint as its text is illegible.
The canvas is signed 'I C fecit', and is probably the work of a Flemish or German artist from the second half of the 16th century.

Details

  • Title: St Jerome
  • Date: Before 1686
  • Physical Dimensions: w613 x h673 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Flemish
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: London, William Cartwright (inventory no. 91: 'St Jerom in Red Leaning of his hand...'); Cartwright Bequest, 1686.
  • Inscriptions: Signed, upper right: 'I C fecit' and inscribed: 'S. HIERONYMUS'
  • Further Information: The handling of the fruit in this picture is identical to that found in DPG433 and DPG350; it may indeed well be by the same follower of Jan Paul Gillemans I, who was well known for his garlands of flowers and fruit.
  • Artist: Monogrammist I.C.
  • Acquisition Method: Cartwright, William (Bequest, 1686)

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