‘On a Picture of Dürer’s’ by Bruce Dale Wise The Society July 29, 2013 Art, Beauty, Poetry 1. In 373, at Antioch, Jerome asked himself if he were not a disciple of Cicero rather than Christ, his eternal home; and thereupon abandoned his early love for philosophy, law, language, and literature, and devoted himself instead to the remove of Hebrew, Greek, and translating Holy Scripture, seeking sure sources. That hard work is the setting of Saint Jerome in His Study, Dürer’s picture of 1514, an intricate engraving with skull, crucifix, and hour glass, far from Rome, with thornless lion, dog, and fine, faithful lighting. 2. Saint Jerome in His Study by Dürer is remarkable for many reasons. The engraver could not have been purer in his very believable thesis. Realistic details predominate; life’s distilled with skillful accuracy; each detail seems to suggest something great or greater than it is and what you see. The skull implies death, the hour glass, time, the dog, faithfulness, the lion, kindness, the crucifix, the Son of God sublime, the tomes, knowledge, the halo, divineness, the candle, the lantern, the window, light, suffusing all throughout, godly and bright. Bruce Dale Wise is a poet living in Washington State. Featured Image: “Saint Jerome in His Study,” engraving, 1514, Albrecht Dürer (Wikimedia Commons) Related Post ‘When I Speak of History’ by Leonard Dabydeen When I speak of history I speak well; I leave behind the past where broken bones Lay scattered on blistering sands to tell Of atrocities that are m... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.