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Saint Jerome

Workshop of Antonio Vivarini (Italian, Venice, active by 1441–died 1476/84)
Tempera on wood, gold ground
10 1/4 x 6 5/8 in. (26 x 16.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Adele L. Lehman, in memory of Arthur Lehman, 1965
Accession Number:
Not on view
Saint Jerome (347–420) is identified by his Cardinal's robes and the lion at his feet. He holds in his right hand the model of a church symbolizing his status as one of the four doctors of the Church, and in his left hand a book of his own writings. This exquisitely painted work is probably from the pilaster of a large, Gothic altarpiece.
Arthur Lehman, New York (until d. 1936); Mrs. Arthur (Adele Lewisohn) Lehman, New York (1936–d. 1965)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Venetian Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum," May 1–September 2, 1974, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art in Renaissance Venice, 1400–1515: Paintings and Drawings from the Museum's Collections," November 8, 2011–February 5, 2012, no catalogue.

Claus Virch. The Adele and Arthur Lehman Collection. New York, 1965, p. 25, ill., attributes it to the workshop of Antonio Vivarini; relates it to Antonio's Saint Jerome altarpiece of 1441 (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna); notes that the Lehmans acquired the picture in Europe, through Paul Sachs.

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 211, 406, 609.

Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Venetian School. New York, 1973, p. 90, pl. 101, state that it probably dates to the first half of the 1440s.

Federico Zeri. Italian Paintings in the Walters Art Gallery. Baltimore, 1976, vol. 1, pp. 234–35.

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