St. Jerome in His Study (Dürer, 1521)

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St. Jerome in His Study
Albrecht Dürer Saint Jerome 1521.jpg
Artist Albrecht Dürer
Year 1521
Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 60 cm × 48 cm (24 in × 19 in)
Location Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon

St. Jerome in His Study is an oil on panel painting by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, completed March 1521. It is in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga of Lisbon, Portugal.

Preparatory drawing.


The work was executed by Dürer during his stay in the Netherlands 1520–1521,[1] using an aged local man as model. A preparatory drawing exists in the Albertina of Vienna with an annotation of the man's age (93).

The artist donated the painting to the head of the Portuguese trade mission in the Netherlands, Rodrigo Fernandes de Almada. It remained in the latter's family collection until 1880, when it was donated to the current museum.


Among Dürer's depiction of St. Jerome, this is the one more resembling a portrait, with little space left for the study and its details (such as in his 1514 etching, where the saint is a small figure in the background).

The subject is portrayed with great care for details,[1] including the wrinkles to the white-yellowish beard. Also differently from the etching, the memento mori suggestion of the finger above a skull has a greater visual relevance.

Details in the foreground include the inkpot at right and the bookrest at left, as well as a crucifix on the top left.


  1. ^ a b Costantino Porcu, ed. (2004). Dürer. Milan: Rizzoli. 


  • Costantino Porcu, ed. (2004). Dürer. Milan: Rizzoli. 

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