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Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Saint Jerome in the Desert
 
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TITLE:  Saint Jerome in the Desert
ARTIST:  Pieter Brueghel the Elder (Flemish, 1525–1569)
WORK DATE:  circa 1555 - 1556
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MATERIALS:  Original Engraving
EDITION/SET OF:  Edition: Engraved by Jan and Lucas van Duetecum (after an original drawing by Pieter Bruegel the Elder) on Double Eagle watermarked paper [M.244] dating the print to the late 1500s
MARKINGS:  Signed: The signature of Bruegel is inscribed in the lower right: ‘brueghel Inue | h. cock excu.’
SIZE:  Image Size: 16.9 in x 12.9 in (42.9 cm x 32.7 cm)
Sheet Size: 16.9 in x 12.9 in (42.9 cm x 32.7 cm)
Framed Size: 31 1/4 in x 26 in (79.5 cm x 66 cm)
STYLE:  Renaissance
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  Masterworks Fine Art Gallery  +1-510-777-9970  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  REFERENCE: O.25; K.2; B.24

DISCUSSION:
Originally created in c. 1555-56, this exquisite landscape print is based on a drawing by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Etched and engraved by Jan and Lucas van Duetecum on Double Eagle watermarked paper [M.244], dating the print to the late 1500s. Inscribed in the lower right: brueghel Inue | h cock excu.

According to N. Orenstein (2001), “Saint Jerome prays under a tree, bent over a book as his lion lazes behind him. The saint has turned his back on a magnificent landscape – hardly a wilderness – occupied by many minute figures and details: travelers, people with carts, a ferry drawn by horses, ships, and such. A mountainside in the middle ground is crowned by a fortress; beyond that a riverscape leads off into the distance. This is one of three prints in the Large Landscapes group with a biblical subject. Here, as with the other examples, it is not clear whether Bruegel’s original intention was to depict a religious theme. The saint seems almost an afterthought, and the figures and the title were no doubt added by the publisher” (p. 125).

ABOUT THE FRAMING:
Set in an Italian-style gold frame, the ribbon detailing and carved, organic elements of the moulding complements the vast landscape within the image. Decorative detail echos acanthus leaves which evoke a classical aura to the work. Completed with white, linen-wrapped mats with a matching gold inner fillet, Saint Jerome in the Desert is set behind an archival Plexiglas® cover and also features a custom-made brass plate with the artist’s name and dates mounted to the mat.

ONLINE CATALOGUE(S):  Masterworks Fine Art Gallery Inventory Catalogue
LITERATURE:  ILLUSTRATED IN:
1) Bastelaer, René van. The Prints of Peter Bruegel the Elder, Catalogue Raisonné New Edition, Alan Wofsy Fine Arts: San Francisco, 1992. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 7 on pgs. 50.
2) Klein, H. Arthur. Graphic Worlds of Peter Bruegel the Elder, Dover Publications: New York, 1963. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 2 on pgs. 12-3.
3) Orenstein, Nadine M., ed. for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints, Yale University Press: New Haven, 2001. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 25 on pg. 125
4) Sellink, M. Pieter Bruegel: The Complete Paintings, Drawings and Prints. Ludion: NY, 2007. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 24 on pg. 68.
 
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