The Trinity
The Trinity
The Met Open Access Images Artist: Bartolomeo di Giovanni (Italian, Florence, active by 1488–died 1501) Medium: Tempera on wood Dimensions: Painted surface 5 1/8 x 10 1/4 in. (13 x 26 cm) Classifications: Paintings, Frames Credit Line: Gift of Daniel Wildenstein, 1989 Accession Number: 1989.132 The subject of the picture is taken from Eusebius's De Morte Hieronymi ad Damasum. Saint Jerome is shown in his cell near Bethlehem, supported by his brethren. Above the bed are two juniper branches, palms, a crucifix, and Jerome's cardinal's hat. The picture was painted for the Florentine wool merchant, Francesco del Pugliese, who described it in a will of 1502. Although pictures of Saint Jerome in his study, surrounded by ancient texts, were popular among Humanists, the subject of the present picture, with its devotional character, is shown less frequently and may be related to the fact that Pugliese, like Botticelli's brother, was a supporter of Savonarola. The painting dates from the early 1490s. The exceptionally fine frame on this picture has a painted lunette by Bartolomeo di Giovanni (active 1480, died 1501), who not only collaborated with Botticelli on at least one occasion but copied this picture. The frame may have been made for one of these copies. Related Objects The Last Communion of Saint Jerome Artist: Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi) (Italian, Florence 1444/45–1510 Florence) Date: early 1490s Medium: Tempera and gold on wood Accession: 14.40.642 On view in: Gallery 640
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