Saint Jerome in the Wilderness, c. 1591

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Even as northern Protestants were making Jerome their own, Counter-Reformation artists were exploiting the hermit's story to make an appeal for the Catholic faith. With characteristic naturalism, Carracci endowed Jerome with an intensity of feeling that makes his communion with God palpable. Carricci's expressive style invites beholders to enter Jerome's world, emulate his ecstatic spirituality, and ultimately glimpse the divine themselves.

Saint Jerome in the Wilderness
Artist Life
Italian (Bologna), 1560-1609
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Bohlin 13 iii/iii Bartsch 14 ii/ii Posner 64
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