Sunday, November 15, 2009

Art for Today

Albrecht Dürer- Saint Jerome in his Study, 1514.

Saint Jerome was an early theologian from the late 300s. He is most remembered for a series of insightful and interesting letters, a few attempts at history, and having translated the Bible into Latin: the Vulgate Bible. I do love this print because Dürer is such a great artist; it should be noted though that Saint Jerome did much of his writing in a desert retreat that looked nothing like this study. The lion at the foot of the image comes from a Medieval story that most of you probably know- supposedly, Saint Jerome came to the aid of a lion by pulling a thorn from his paw. Currently, I'm translating (very slowly) some of Saint Jerome's letters from Latin to English. This is my idea of fun.

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