Saint Jerome in a Dark Chamber, 1642

Jerome, the 4th-century scholar who translated the Bible into Latin, described his experience in Rome's catacombs as "walking in darkness like that of Hell, pierced by rare beams of light." This description resonates with Rembrandt's meditations at this juncture of his life. One enters the print as if it were a darkened room. If we concentrate, the details begin to emerge as our eyes adjust. By controlling entry into the image, Rembrandt allowed the print to work on the viewer, gradually revealing its interior mood.

Details
Title
Saint Jerome in a Dark Chamber
Artist Life
1606–1669
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.11,655
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 201 ii/ii; Holl. 105 ii/ii; B. 105; M. 247 ii/ii; B-B.42-E ii/ii
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