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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.

Date:

c. 1509

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Master I.B. with the Bird

Title

Saint Jerome and the Lion

Place

Italy (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1504–1514

Medium

Woodcut in black on paper

Dimensions

29.2 × 21.5 cm (11 1/2 × 8 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1949.1069

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