About this artwork

Saint Jerome is one of the Doctors of the Church and best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin. Dürer shows him in his study writing. The lion refers to the legend in which Jerome pulled a thorn out of a lion’s paw, who in return, became his companion. This print evokes what the great humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam described when he compared Dürer to Apelles, the most famous painter of antiquity: “Dürer … what does he not express in monochromes, that is, by black lines? Shade, light, radiance, eminences, depressions … Nay, he even depicts what cannot be depicted: fire, rays of light, thunderstorms, sheet lightning … And is it not more wonderful to accomplish without the blandishment of colours what Apelles accomplished [only] with their aid?”

Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer