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St. Jerome

Sketch-Model Statuette
possibly 1480-1500 (modelled)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This statuette is ascribed to Verocchio, made in Florence in the second half of the 15th century.

The identification of the figure as St Jerome is conjectural, as none of his normal attributes appear.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Terracotta
Brief Description
Statuette, terracotta, St. Jerome (?), attributed to Verrocchio, Italy, Florence, second half 15th century
Physical Description
The Saint is shown sitting on a low seat or bench with his left leg crossed over his right knee. The legs and body below the waist are covered with voluminous drapery. Above the waist, the figure is turned towards a desk or support, on which is an open book supported by the Saint's right hand.
Dimensions
  • Height: 50.8cm
Object history
From the Gigli-Campana Collection.
Subjects depicted
Summary
This statuette is ascribed to Verocchio, made in Florence in the second half of the 15th century.



The identification of the figure as St Jerome is conjectural, as none of his normal attributes appear.
Bibliographic References
  • Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1861 In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 35
  • Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, pp. 59, 60
  • Passavant, G. Verrocchio, Sculptures, Paintings and Drawings, Coplete Edition. London, 1969, pp. 39, 40, 196, cat. No. A2, fig 49
  • Raggio, Olga. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Art Bulletin. Vol. L, 1968, p. 101
  • Avery, Charles. Fingerprints of the artist. European Terra-Cotta from the Artur M. Sackler Collection. Exh. Cat, Washington, 1981, p. 42, cat. No. 7
  • Pope-Hennessy, John, assisted by Ronald Lightbown. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Volume I: Text. Eighth to Fifteenth Century. London: HMSO, 1964, p. 167, cat. no. 141; vol. 3, fig. 163.
  • Villata, Edoardo. Intorno a Leonardo scultore: una proposta di metodo e un' ipotesi di applicazione. Raccolta Vinciana. Fascicolo XXXIV, 2011, pp. 53-102.
  • Bambach, Carmen C., 'Il Volume XXXIV Di "Raccolta Vinciana" ', Raccolta Vinciana, Fasciolo XXXV, Milan 2013, pp. 258-260.
Collection
Accession Number
7578-1861

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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