The Last Communion of Saint Jerome
The Last Communion of Saint Jerome
The Met Open Access Images Botticelli, "The Last Communion of Saint Jerome" (14.40.642), in frame attributed to the workshop of Giuliano da Majano with lunette of "The Trinity" by Bartolomeo di Giovanni (1989.132 Artist: Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi) (Italian, Florence 1444/45–1510 Florence) Date: early 1490s Medium: Tempera and gold on wood Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 10 in. (34.3 x 25.4 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 Accession Number: 14.40.642 The great fourth-century scholar and translator of the Bible into Latin is shown in his cell near Bethlehem, supported by his brethren as he receives Last Communion. Famous in its day, the picture was painted for the Florentine wool merchant Francesco del Pugliese, a supporter of the radical preacher Savonarola. An opponent of the Medici, Pugliese may have been attracted to the subject for its deeply devotional content. The period frame was carved in the workshop of Giuliano da Maiano; the lunette is by Bartolomeo di Giovanni, who sometimes collaborated with Botticelli.
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