The Last Communion of Saint Jerome (Botticelli)

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The Last Communion of Saint Jerome
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ArtistSandro Botticelli
Year1494–1495
MediumTempera on panel
Dimensions34.3 cm × 25.5 cm (13.5 in × 10.0 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Last Communion of Saint Jerome is a painting by the Italian Renaissance master Sandro Botticelli, finished around 1494–1495. It is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.

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.[1]

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.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Further reading[edit]

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

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