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Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

St Jerome in his study 1514

Engraving | 24.5 x 18.6 cm | RCIN 800072

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The learned St Jerome translated the Bible into Latin in the fourth century, and Dürer shows him here as a scholar in his study. The lion at Jerome’s feet refers to his taming of this beast by removing a thorn from its paw; the cardinal’s hat hanging on the wall refers to his role as papal secretary. Like the Knight, this is one of Dürer’s three ‘master engravings’.