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Vicente Carducho

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St. Jerome Hearing the Trumpet of the Last Judgment

by Vicente Carducho, circa 1626–1632

Medium
Black chalk with brown wash, heightened with white gouache, squared in black chalk
Dimensions
31.8 × 21.6 cm (12 1/2 × 8 1/2 in)
Notes
With a long beard and curling locks, a slightly disheveled Saint Jerome listens open-mouthed in astonishment as an angel overhead sounds its trumpet. Vicente Carducho drew Jerome interrupted in the act of writing, with his faithful friend and attribute the lion by his side. Artists often showed Jerome writing, undoubtedly a common activity for the learned saint who translated the Bible into Latin. Jerome commonly appeared nearly nude, giving artists the opportunity to display his gaunt, ascetic figure. Carducho suggested the saint's lean, muscular body with brown wash and white gouache, using while radiating strokes of black chalk to describe the drapery, which nearly merges with the rocks. The artist reworked the saint's right leg several times, positioning it first forward and then further back until it rested underneath his left knee. The black chalk squaring on this drawing implies that Carducho intended this drawing as a preparatory study for a large painting, although scholars have not identified such a work.
Location
J. Paul Getty Museum

17th century