The Last Communion of Saint Jerome (Botticelli)
|The Last Communion of Saint Jerome|
|Medium||Tempera on panel|
|Dimensions||34.3 cm × 25.5 cm (13.5 in × 10.0 in)|
|Location||Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York|
The small picture is inspired by one of the three apocryphal letters of Saint Eusebius, according to which, before dying, Saint Jerome received the Last Communion from Eusebius himself. The choice of this scene, far less frequent than the usual depiction of Jerome in his studio, has been connected to Girolamo Savonarola's preaching in Florence at the time the work was executed; the latter's commissioner, identified by some scholars as the rich merchant Francesco del Pugliese, would be in fact a followed of the Ferrarese preacher.
The subject was depicted by the Baroque Bolognese painter Agostino Carracci in his painting now in the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, and also by the Baroque painter Domenichino in a painting in the Vatican Pinacoteca.
- Christiansen, Keith (Fall 1983), "Early Renaissance Narrative Painting in Italy", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 41 (2), pp. 12–14
- Horne, Herbert P. (March 1915), "The Last Communion of St. Jerome by Sandro Botticelli", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (3), pp. 39+52–56, doi:10.2307/3254048, JSTOR 3254048
- ——— (April 1915), "The Last Communion of St. Jerome by Sandro Botticelli (Continued)", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (4), pp. 72–75, doi:10.2307/3253504, JSTOR 3253504
- ——— (May 1915), "The Last Communion of St. Jerome by Sandro Botticelli (Concluded)", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 10 (5), pp. 101–105, doi:10.2307/3253423, JSTOR 3253423
- Zeri, Federico; Gardner, Elizabeth E. (1971), Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 1, Florentine School, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 159–163