Saint Jerome in Penitence

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:

n.d.

Artist:

Agostino Carracci
Italian, 1557-1602

About this artwork

The curiously abstract appearance of this devotional image comes from its unfinished state. Agostino Carracci carried out the luxuriantly detailed engraving of the copper plate to this point, at his death leaving only one of the fingers of the praying saint completed. The artist Francesco Brizio later completed the sketched-in details of the background lion, the cross, and the saint’s arms and legs for commercial sale of the print. Until then, Jerome’s curiously levitating finger suggested that the saint is not revering Christ on the Cross, but rather a relic wrested from his own wasted body.

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Artist

Agostino Carracci

Title

Saint Jerome in Penitence

Origin

Italy

Date

1577–1602

Medium

Engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

387 x 277 mm (image/sheet; cut within plate mark)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1940.943

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