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Collection of the Guild of St George, Museums Sheffield
Detail from 'St Jerome introducing his Lion into the Monastery', after Carpaccio
Date Made/Found: about 1879
Artist: Angelo Alessandri , Italian, 1854 - 1931
Artist: after Vittore Carpaccio , Venetian, 1460 - 1526
Material and Medium: watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 295 x 416mm Support: 194 x 267mm
Department: Ruskin
Accession Number: CGSG00373
This copy is part of a cycle of paintings in the Scuola of San Giorgio degli Schiavoni in Venice, which Carpaccio painted between 1502 and 1507.Ruskin found this scene rather amusing because of the terrified monks shown running across the monastery garden. He wrote in his guide to Venice, 'St Mark's Rest': 'Nothing surely could be more perfect in comic art. St Jerome, forsooth, introducing his novice lion to monastic life, with the resulting effect on the vulgar monastic mind…-what a curious witness to the timidity of Monasticism! Here are people professing to prefer Heaven to earth…and this is the way they receive the first chance of it that offers!' Ruskin comments more positively on Carpaccio's depiction of St Jerome: 'The saint is leading in his new pet, as he would a lamb, and vainly expostulating with his brethren for being ridiculous…there is no sign of trouble or asceticism on the old man's face, he is evidently altogether happy…’
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