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Saint Jerome in the Desert

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

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  • A work made of etching and engraving on ivory laid paper.


c. 1553


Hieronymus Cock (Flemish, c. 1510-1570)
after Pieter Bruegel the elder (Flemish, 1525/30-1569)

About this artwork

Hieronymus Cock’s print of Saint Jerome depicts the saint during the five years that he spent in the desert, outside of civilization. Jerome valued austerity and was inspired by the ascetic monks he met during his travels. While living in the desert, he was tormented by visions of temptations produced by the devil, including phantoms of beautiful women, terrifying beasts, and piles of silver and gold.


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Hieronymus Cock


Saint Jerome in the Desert


Flanders (Artist's nationality)

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Etching and engraving on ivory laid paper


31.1 × 42.6 cm (12 1/4 × 16 13/16 in.)

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Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

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