This 1514 painting by Dürer shows Saint Jerome in his study, surrounded by the tools of his trade: a crucifix, an open book, quill pens, and ink. Jerome was a biblical scholar and translator and is best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin.
Dürer was a highly skilled painter and printmaker, and his paintings are known for their precision and detail. This painting is no exception, and the level of detail is astounding. Every element in the painting has been carefully rendered, from the books on the shelves to the feathers in Jerome’s quill pens.