Leonardo Da Vinci's St. Jerome

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Jul 15 2019 - Oct 6 2019

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), The Met will present the artist’s painting Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness (begun around 1483), a special loan from the Vatican Museums. 

The exquisitely rendered work represents Jerome (A.D. 347–420), a major saint and theologian of the Christian Church. The scene is based on the story of his later life, which he spent as a hermit in the desert, according to the thirteenth-century Golden Legend

The unfinished painting provides viewers with an extraordinary glimpse into Leonardo's creative process, and a close examination of the paint surface reveals the presence of his fingerprints. The display of this monumental masterpiece will pay homage to one of the most renowned geniuses of all time.​

This presentation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been organized with the generous collaboration of the Vatican Museums.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

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