“St. Jerome in the cell,” Quentin Masseyas – a description of the picture

“St. Jerome in the cell,” Quentin Masseyas – a description of the picture
“St. Jerome in the cell,” Quentin Masseyas - a description of the picture - 1

  • Posted by Quentin Masseis
  • Museum: Museum of the History of the Arts, Vienna
  • Year: 1529

Description of the picture :

Saint Jerome in the cell – Quentin Masseis. Wood, butter. 57 x 77 cm

   A composition on a religious theme was written in 1529. She is a Renaissance candle in the Renaissance style. Quentin Masseys worked on an art masterpiece diligently and painstakingly, trying to convey the life of Dutch monks to the viewer. Ordinary life in a simple monastery shows a prayer plot.

   Jerome is busy in his cell reading prayers. His portrait is depicted unusually! Everything is filled with brightness, expressiveness, a sense of harmony and style. The artist visited churches, monasteries from childhood and was inspired by their divine, calm atmosphere. He wrote a lot for church institutions using interesting religious stories.

   St. Jerome reads a prayer at the altar. He is wearing a luxurious red church vestments. His thoughts are full of piety and reflection on the eternity of earthly being. The elder pressed one hand to the heart, the other holds a skull reminiscent of the transience of human life, and that everything in the world … is perishable.

   His wise gaze thanks the Lord for his life on Earth. Jerome is old. He has a wide open forehead, deep eyes, gray eyebrows and hair, a white beard, hollow cheeks and wrinkled face. He prays with all his heart.

   The room has a simple and normal atmosphere. On the shelves of the book, an old candle, a men’s headgear with red garters. The atmosphere has a prayer solitude.

   The brush master used bright colors in light gray tones. The life of the holy hermit was filled with religious experiences. He was a wonderful teacher, translator, philosopher, theologian, writer, had a sacred rank. Jerome in his youth traveled to the Holy Land, lived in the desert, led a harsh ascetic lifestyle. In recent years, the holy elder lived in a monastery, surrendering to the service of the Lord Christ. At such a moment, he was captured on the canvas by a gifted artist.