Item Number: 143642
Title: CARAVAGGIO : San Girolamo scrivente : Iconografia di un Santo
Author: Coliva, Anna ; Maria Teresa Fiorio (et al)
Record created on 11/15/2016
Description: Busto Arsizio: Nomos, 2016. 21cm., pbk., 42pp. illus. Exhibition held at Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milano. Italian text.
Summary: A masterpiece painted by Caravaggio in the early seventeenth century, which for three months will replace, in the Ambrosiana, the Basket of fruit of the Lombard seventeenth-century master. The latter will be in turn on display at Galleria Borghese in the exhibition “Caravaggio, and the birth of still life”. The initiative is completed with eight drawings selected from the Ambrosiana collections that analyze the evolution of the iconography of Saint Jerome. The exquisite drawings on display are by Albrecht Dürer (St. Jerome in His Study), Giulio Romano (St. Jerome translated the Bible), Guercino (St. Jerome in the desert), Giuseppe Nuvolone (St. Jerome), Donato Creti (St. Jerome in the desert), Giacomo Zoboli (the last communion of St. Jerome), Isidoro Bianchi (San Gregorio and San Gerolamo), Giovanni Bandini (St. Jerome tormented). The St. Jerome Writing (oil canvas, 112×157 cm) is mentioned for the first time by the historian Giacomo Manilli, who recorded the painting in 1650 in the ‘Stanza del Moro’ of Villa Borghese. The painting shows penitent saint while, absorbed in reading, he is stretching his arm to dip his pen into the inkwell. Due to the modernity of the technique and the mature style, the canvas can be dated between the end of 1605 and the first months of 1606, or to the extreme moments of the Roman phase of Caravaggio, in continuity with the Supper at Emmaus of Brera and the Death of the Virgin of the Louvre. The work is a dialogue between light and shadow: the clear light hits the open pages where the skull is laid: “only in the presence of death the book of life can be understood and enlightened”.
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