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Saint Jerome Adoring a Crucifix

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Saint Jerome Adoring a Crucifix About 1600

Not on display

The exaggerated muscles of St Jerome are characteristic of Faccini's figures. The saint is depicted in the desert gazing at a small crucifix tied to a tree. He may be holding a stone in one hand which he used to beat his chest. His other hand curls around a skull, a potent reminder of death. This etching is one of only four prints of the subject made by Faccini. The others are more detailed and thus may suggest that this print was the artist's proof impression after which he worked up the detail on the plate.

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Copper plate

A sheet of metal plate used for printmaking or an impression made from it. In the 17th century, it was used as a support for small detailed oil paintings.


A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Copper plate, Etching


  • Acc. No. P 3067
  • Medium Etching
  • Size Trimmed: 24.20 x 19.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Kate Ganz, through the American Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland 2002