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Attributed to school of Cleve, Joos van (South Netherlandish painter, died 1540 or 1541) , St Jerome in His Study

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Title St Jerome in His Study
Alternative Title St. Jerome Meditating
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Pollok House
Artist Attributed to school of Cleve, Joos van (South Netherlandish painter, died 1540 or 1541)
Previously attributed to school of Massys family (South Netherlandish painters, active 15th-16th centuries)
Previously attributed to Flemish School
Date Earliest possibly about 1540
Date Latest possibly about 1625
Description Seated behind a table, a middle-aged man with a thick, dark beard, and heavy features, holds his head in his right hand, and with his left points to a skull before him; he has an expression of resignation. He is dressed in red robes with a red biretta. Propped open on a cardinal's hat, also before him on the table, is a book along the top edge of which are the letters 'EVHCEIS'. Also on the table, to the right, is a brass candlestick with the stub of an extinguished candle, and the edge of a portable writing desk. On the wall behind, to the right is a bookshelf with a few books and a flask; to the left, an elaborately-ornamented wall-clock; and, to the extreme left, the right side and part of the lower ledge of a window opening.
Current Accession Number PC.31
Former Accession Number 112
Subject religion (St Jerome)
Measurements 55.2 x 69.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Anne Maxwell MacDonald 1967.
Provenance Probably: Sir William Stirling Maxwell (1818-1878), 9th Bt; by descent to Mrs. Anne Maxwell MacDonald.
Publications Caw, J. L., Catalogue of Pictures at Pollok House, Glasgow, 1936, p. 67, no. 112, as Flemish School (rejecting W. Stirling-Maxwell's suggested attribution to Lucas van Leyden); Auld, A. A., The Stirling Maxwell Collection Pollok House, Glasgow, c. 1970, p. 40, no. 31, as Flemish School.
Notes After an original by Joos van Cleve (e.g., version in Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Mass.), itself a variant after a much-copied lost composition by Quentin Massys.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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