St. Jerome in an Italian Landscape, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn
St. Jerome in an Italian Landscape
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Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

St. Jerome in an Italian Landscape, ca. 1635


Platte / Stein
259 x 210 mm
Blatt
260 x 212 mm
Physical Description
Radierung, Kaltnadel und Grabstichel
Inventory Number
5850 D
Acquisition
Ancient Holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Texts

About the Work

Here landscape serves as a means of creating a distance between man’s constructed and inhabited world on the one hand and the wilderness to which St Jerome has retreated on the other. There, well protected by the watchful lion (from whose paw Jerome once removed a thorn), he can concentrate entirely on his philological work, the translation of the Bible. The background has nothing to do with Dutch landscapes but was inspired by Venetian prints, which Rembrandt collected. The etching and drypoint passages have been interwoven to create a masterful quality of aestival calm; in the foremost section the scene appears to dissolve in light. The atmosphere radiates the arcadian idea of intellectual freedom.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
St. Jerome in an Italian Landscape
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Radierung, Kaltnadel und Grabstichel
Material
Technique
Work Catalogues
  • Bartsch 104, II/II

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Ancient Holdings (Collections J. F. Städel or J. G. Grambs)

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984, S. 758
Associated Source
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984, S. 758

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11H(JEROME)361 St. Jerome as hermit in a landscape, reading
  • 25F23(LION) beasts of prey, predatory animals: lion
  • 25H1 landscapes in the temperate zone
Secondary
  • 41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings
  • 46C112 bridge
  • 61D(ITALIA) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (ITALIA) (ITALIA)

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Last update

22.10.2020