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Artist: Caravaggio
[Italian Painter, ca.1571-1610]

Title: Saint Jerome

Date: 1605-06
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 118 x 81 cm (46 x 32 inches)
Location: Museo de Montserrat, Barcelona

Image size: 1023 x 1431 pixels, 186 Kbytes
Image source: Mondo Mostre
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Saint Jerome lived for years in the desert, repenting from his sins, before eventually becoming one of the church's great scholars.

These attributes made him a popular symbol during the Counter-Reformation, a period that stressed the virtues of conservatism and ascetism and self-mastery. He was therefore a popular subject for artists at this time - Caravaggio painted him at least three times.

In terms of artistic representation, the figure of the aged, cerebral Saint Jerome allows Caravaggio to make a clean break from the dynamism and heroism of the Mannerist style.
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