Saint Jerome Reading in an Italian Landscape, c. 1654

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Rembrandt never traveled far from the flat Dutch landscape, yet here he placed Jerome in a mountainous Italian setting. The artist lifted the elaborate architecture of the distant buildings from Venetian prints and drawings produced more than a hundred years earlier; yet the ambiguity of the overall space anticipates the work of Paul Cézanne two centuries later. The saint is immersed in a book as his trusted lion stands guard. Rembrandt's spare linework causes Jerome seemingly to dissolve in the noonday sun, a visual metaphor for the sacred realm.

Saint Jerome Reading in an Italian Landscape
Artist Life
1606 - 1669
Accession Number
J.D. Böhm, (L. 271 & 1442); J.C.D. Hebick, (L. 1250); Roullier, 1919
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 267 ii/ii; B.104; Mz. 249 ii/ii; Holl.104 ii/ii; B-B. 53-3 ii/ii
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