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Saint Jerome in His Study
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Saint Jerome in His Study


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
Description St. Jerome (ca. 341-420), the greatest Christian scholar of the classics, is revered for his translation of the Bible from the original Greek and Hebrew into Latin. He completed it in a monastery in Palestine, which the artist has suggested in the view through the window by adding camels to an otherwise Flemish landscape. The admonition that Jerome has fixed to the wall, "Cogita Mori" (Think upon death), is made explicit by the skull. His Bible is open to an image of the Last Judgment, while the hourglass and candle, objects often found on a desk, are further reminders of the passage of time and the imminence of death. Pieter Coecke van Aelst's large studio in Antwerp produced many variations on this subject.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/20/1939Treatmentfilled; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced
9/09/1942Treatmentother
12/01/1943Treatmentcoated; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced
8/01/1978Treatmentcoated; filled; inpainted; loss compensation; varnish removed or reduced
10/23/1984Treatmentcoated; inpainted
7/01/1989Examinationexamined for exhibition
7/31/1992Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Death and Dying in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1987.
  • A Renaissance Puzzle: Heemskerck's Abduction of Helen. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Cogita Mori; [Translation] Think upon death
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
ca. 1530 (Renaissance)
Medium
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.256
Measurements
29 5/8 x 47 15/16 in. (75.3 x 121.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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