Saint Jerome in the desert
(1471 Nuremberg 1528)
Saint Jerome in the desert.
C. 1497. copper engraving. 31.8:22,5 cm.
Watermark: City coat of arms with drawn masonry. Meder 276 (1570). M. 57 c/d; Hollst.57; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 6; B. 61; NGA, 1971, p. 118, 10; Bartrum 46.
The engraving St. Jerome in the Desert, dated ca.1496, is Dürer's earliest large-scale composition. Inspired by his recent journey through the Alps and the scenic surroundings of Nuremberg, Dürer places great emphasis in this composition on the landscape, which he disproportions in relation to the figure. In the rugged rocks and cliffs, he processes his watercolors, which he made in the surroundings of Nuremberg.
Saint Jerome in Penitence
C. 1497. Engraving. 31.8:22,5 cm. Wm: Town Shield.
Meder 276 (1570). M. 57 c/d; Hollst.57; Schoch/Mende/Scherbaum 6; B. 61; NGA, 1971, pp. 118, 10; Bartrum 46.
Saint Jerome in the desert, dated to about 1496/97 is Albrecht Dürer's earliest large size composition. In this engraving Dürer focuses on the landscape which is enlarged in size and importance. The artist was in-spired by his latest travels through the Alps and in the vicinity of Nuremberg. He referred to several watercolor drawings of quarries and cliffs around Nuremberg to give the basis for the rocky setting. Trimmed to the borderline.