Saint Jerome in Penitence, in a Cave

A work made of wood engraving in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of wood engraving in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1500/38

Artist:

Albrecht Altdorfer
German, c.1480-1538

About this artwork

Albrecht Altdorfer’s sophisticated handling of woodcutting tools allows this relief image to appear almost three- dimensional. The shadows of the cave around the hermit Saint Jerome open gradually into ever-darker passages and spartan living quarters beyond. The saint, his protective lion companion, and the makeshift altar become the focal points for the light emanating from the entry to the cave on the right. Like Jerome, the viewer is situated in a literally and spiritually dark space within the tomb-like cavern.

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Artist

Albrecht Altdorfer

Title

Saint Jerome in Penitence, in a Cave

Origin

Germany

Date

1500–1538

Medium

Wood engraving in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

168 x 120 mm (image/block/sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer

Reference Number

1919.2535

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