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The material and the immaterial
Saint Jerome in his Study
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This chapter discusses different versions of the representation of Saint Jerome that Dürer completed during his lifetime as part of a constant search for the best possible representation of Saint Jerome. In order to do justice to his various roles as hermit, author, scholar, and man of the church Dürer was inspired by those who had previously experimented with the subject in Italy and in Northern Europe as they motivated him to find new solutions. The culmination in the 1514 engraving of Saint Jerome in his Study is of a wise and spiritual intellectual paired with a world full of material objects which encourage the viewer to connect with Jerome's life as well as everyday aspects of quotidian life in Nuremberg.

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