Prints and printmaking, £12.99
Height: 235.000 mm
Width: 181.000 mm
Gift of William Mitchell
PD 1895-1-22-417 (Bartsch 57)
Prints and Drawings
Hans Springinklee, St Jerome, a woodcut
Germany, signed, AD 1522
The Saint in a Renaissance portico
This image appeared in an edition of
Jerome's Latin Bible, the Vulgate, printed in Lyon in 1522.
Hans Springinklee was a pupil and close associate of Albrecht Dürer, and this woodcut is loosely based on Dürer's masterly engraving of St Jerome of 1514.
Springkinglee assisted Dürer in the huge woodcut projects of the Emperor Maximilian, and his own woodcuts show his debt to the master's style. In this print, the strokes suggesting shadows depend on Dürer's practice, as does the careful use of white line, visible for example along the edge of Jerome's cape.
judgement is weaker than his technique. The fine Renaissance
portico is an impressive display of up-to-date architecture rather
than a suitable location for a scholar at work. The plunging
G. Bartrum, German Renaissance prints, 149, exh. cat. (London, The British Museum Press, 1995)