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Saint Jerome

  • Listed: January 1, 1970 12:00 am
  • Title: Saint Jerome
  • Artist: Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, il Guercino
  • Origins:
  • Format (cm): 19.4 x 25.4 cm.
  • Format (in): 7½ x 10 in.
  • Material:
  • Last Sale price: 68 500,00
  • Last Sale date:
Saint Jerome


Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, il Guercino (Cento 1591-1666 Bologna) Saint Jerome with inscription ‘Guercino’ red chalk 7½ x 10 in. (19.4 x 25.4 cm.)
John Skippe (his mount), with his numbering ‘A/Z.135′, though not traceable in the 1958 sale at Christie’s London. Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, London, 15 June 1983, lot 60. Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, New York, 26 January 2000, lot 19, where acquired by the present owner.
Nicholas Turner suggested at the time of the sale in 2000 that this finely-detailed red-chalk drawing should be dated to the late 1630s or early 1640s, at which time Guercino executed a number of half-length pictures of Saint Jerome, according to entries in his Libro dei Conti . The saint’s twisting pose and the powerful treatment of the musculature of his arm are similar to a drawing at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, which was identified by David Stone as a study of Saint Jerome and the Angel , and dated on the basis of its style to circa 1641 (inv. 1968.67; Guercino: Master Draftsman , exhib. cat., Harvard, University Art Museums, and elsewhere, 1991, no. 45).

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