Saint Jerome in the Desert

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

Date:

c. 1553

Artist:

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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Artist

Hieronymus Cock

Title

Saint Jerome in the Desert

Origin

Flanders

Date

1548–1558

Medium

Etching and engraving on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

311 × 426 mm

Credit Line

Joseph Brooks Fair Fund

Reference Number

1981.225

Extended information about this artwork

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