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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571 – 1610)  Saint Jerome in Meditation  Oil on canvas, 	c. 1605  118 cm × 81 cm (46 in × 32 in)  Museo del Monasterio de Santa Maria, Monserrat, Catalonia, Spain
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Title: St Jerome in Meditation
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571 – 1610)
Saint Jerome in Meditation
Oil on canvas, c. 1605
118 cm × 81 cm (46 in × 32 in)
Museo del Monasterio de Santa Maria, Monserrat, Catalonia, Spain

Saint Jerome in Meditation (c. 1605) is a painting by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio, now in the Museum of the Monastery of Santa Maria, Monserrat (Museo del Monasterio de Santa Maria).

Saint Jerome, hermit, Father of the Church, and responsible for the translation of the Bible into Latin, (the Vulgate Bible) was a popular figure in Caravaggio's time, and the artist painted him at least eight times (only three survive). Whether this was personal choice or at the request of patrons is unknown, but it gave Caravaggio the opportunity to explore the potential - an artist's perspective - of aged and wrinkled flesh. Jerome is shown here contemplating one of his symbols, the skull, a reminder of the inevitability of death and the vanity of worldly things.

The painting is probably the Giustiniani collection (the collection of Caravaggio's patron the banker Vincenzo Giustiniani and his brother the cardinal Benedetto). Benedetto built up a large collection of religious works by the artist, and a St Jerome of the same dimensions as this one is in the Giustiniani inventory of 1638.

Caravaggio biographer Peter Robb points out that the brooding, introverted mood of this painting is strikingly similar to that of a John the Baptist, now in Kansas City, painted at about the same time.http://allart.biz/photos/image/Michelangelo_Caravaggio_45_John_the_Baptist_Kansas_City.html
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