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August 13: St. Jerome in his study


Antonello             St. Jerome in his study     c.1460     18 x 14″  []

This piece by Antonello da Messina never fails to engage me. I suppose it’s because I would love it if my own studio were as rich and cerebral as this. The elevated carrel is perhaps a little cute, and there aren’t nearly enough books, but the view from the windows is delightful, the lofty ceiling is just what one wants, and the colonnade leading in on the right sets the properly dignified tone for visitors. And then there are the lion and the birds, which every studio ought to have.

Notice the size. A diminutive piece with a huge view.











This is a reprise of the entry for 11/26/11