Auction 1049, Old Masters, 16.05.2015, 11:00, Cologne Lot 1021

German School, 16th century, Saint Jerome in his Study

 German School, Saint Jerome in his Study, Auction 1049 Old Masters, Lot 1021

German School, 16th century

Saint Jerome in his Study

Oil on panel. 82 x 72 cm.


Private collection, Spain.

This depiction of Saint Jerome in his study resting his head in his hand and pointing to a skull is based on Albrecht Dürer's 1521 work in Lisbon. Many artists have adopted this motif, including such greats as Joos van Cleve and Coecke van Aelst, enriching it with their own ideas. The present work follows this tradition, but the abundance of motifs and slightly angular style of painting indicates it to be the work of a German, rather than a Netherlandish, artist.

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