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Devotional Plaque with Saint Jerome in the Wilderness
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Devotional Plaque with Saint Jerome in the Wilderness


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Description St. Jerome, the translator of the Bible into Latin, was often depicted as a hermit in his wilderness retreat, engaged in meditations on the cross. This exquisitely subtle example of reverse painting wonderfully exploits the luminosity for which the technique is valued. Light appears to suffuse the clearing, dappling the foliage and the saint, while drawing the eye towards the opening sky at the rim. The depiction of a landscape on a scale this small demanded great skill, and this object would have been prized for the difficulty involved in making it.
Exhibitions
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
Provenance Leon Gruel, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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Period
ca. 1550 (Renaissance)
Medium
amelierung reverse-painted rock crystal, enameled gilded frame
Accession Number
46.12
Measurements
3 3/4 x 5 in. (9.5 x 12.7 cm)
Geographies
  • Italy (Place of Origin)

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