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.

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Artist

Master I.B. with the Bird

Title

Saint Jerome and the Lion

Origin

Italy

Date

1504–1514

Medium

Woodcut in black on paper

Dimensions

292 x 215 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1949.1069

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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