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Saint Jerome in Penitence

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.




Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472-1553

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Lucas Cranach the Elder’s hermit saint emerges into the open air. The coat of arms of Cranach’s Saxon patron takes pride of place on a tall tree, while the statue of Christ on the Cross merges with the trunk in the foreground. Jerome’s hut is visible amid the leafy vegetation in the background at left, nestled among trees and near a running brook. Jerome’s lion rests nearby, watching as the saint casts most of his vestments aside in his devotional ardor. Alone in magnificent nature, he can focus on simple spiritual truths.


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Lucas Cranach, the Elder


Saint Jerome in Penitence


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1509


Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper


Image/block/sheet: 33.4 × 22.6 cm (13 3/16 × 8 15/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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