Saint Jerome in the Desert

A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1575

Artist:

Cherubino Alberti (Italian, 1553-1615)
after Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, 1475-1564)

About this artwork

Cherubino Alberti’s mastery of illusionistic foreshortening effects is particularly evident in Saint Jerome’s cross, and the hand holding it is reminiscent of Michelangelo’s renowned Creation of Adam fresco. Indeed, in light of his artistic accomplishments, Pope Clement VIII pardoned Alberti of a conviction for murder. The books at Jerome’s feet allude to his translation of the Bible into Latin, which earned Jerome the title of the patron saint of libraries. Jerome was also known for a having a bad temper, and he often used his pen to target those he saw as enemies of the truth.

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Artist

Cherubino Alberti

Title

Saint Jerome in the Desert

Origin

Italy

Date

1570–1580

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

479 x 347 mm

Credit Line

Charles Greene Fund

Reference Number

1959.216

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