Saint Jerome

This small double-sided devotional painting, which depicts Saint Jerome in a landscape on the front, and a scene with a heavenly body in a night sky on the reverse, probably dates from just after Dürer's first journey to Italy, in 1494-5, early in his career.

Although the saint's pose is conventional, Saint Jerome is set against an atmospheric landscape evocative of some of the most famous of Dürer's early watercolour landscapes.

Key facts

Artist dates
1471 - 1528
Full title
Saint Jerome
Date made
about 1496
Medium and support
Oil on pearwood
23.1 x 17.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and Mr J. Paul Getty Jr through the American Friends of the National Gallery, London, 1996
Inventory number
Location in Gallery