Albrecht Dürer, Nurmberg, 1514
Dürer's three technically brilliant Meisterstiche (master engravings) of 1513
and 1514, this is the one whose interpretation seems the most straightforward.
Saint Jerome, translator of the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate) and thus the
exemplar of the Christian scholar, is seated in a typical study of Dürer's day.
He works peacefully at a slanted writing table, and his lion and dog slumber
equally peacefully in the foreground. The light of his halo and the sunlight
pouring in through the windows are in perfect equilibrium, and recurrent
horizontals in the composition add to the pervasive sense of repose and
Print size: 12'x16'.