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.

Date:

1509

Artist:

Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472-1553

About this artwork

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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Artist

Lucas Cranach, the Elder

Title

Saint Jerome in Penitence

Origin

Germany

Date

1509

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

334 x 226 mm (image/block/sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1940.1054

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