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Saint Jerome and the Lion

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

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on paper.


c. 1509


Master I.B. with the Bird (Giovanni Battista Palumba)
Italian, active c. 1500-1525

About this artwork

The marking “IB” and the bird are both characteristic of the Master IB, who was recently identified as Giovanni Battista Palumba. Here Saint Jerome, known for his Latin translation of the Bible, sits in a rocky wilderness and removes a thorn from a lion’s paw. The skull at his feet corresponds to his period of penance, in which he lived humbly in the desert and became interested in studying and writing. Palumbra’s woodcut demonstrates highly sophisticated tonal qualities that were likely influenced by Albrecht Dürer, with cast shadows over each stone and heavily articulated contrasts of light within the lion’s mane.


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Master I.B. with the Bird


Saint Jerome and the Lion


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Woodcut in black on paper


29.2 × 21.5 cm (11 1/2 × 8 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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