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Saint Jerome

Saint Jerome is Agostino Carracci’s best-known work; it is also, most likely, the last print he did before he died. The saint’s left leg and the still-life in the lower right corner may have been finished by one of his students. The stylized musculature testifies to Agostino’s interest in classical sculpture, but it also reflects the influence of Hendrick Goltzius’s prints. Agostino’s naturalistic tendencies are seen in the rendering of Saint Jerome’s facial features and in the intensity of the figure’s emotions.

Agostino Carracci
Italian, 1557–1602
Saint Jerome
ca. 1601
Engraving on paper
Sheet: 16 5/8 x 11 3/16 in. (42.2 x 28.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 66.22