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Artist Name:

Unknown Artist

Title:

Bust of a Man (Possibly St. Jerome)

Date:

1525

Medium:

Polychromed wood

Dimensions:

17 x 10 x 8 inches

Credit Line:

Gift of Mrs. Irma N. Straus in memory of her husband, Jesse Isidor Straus

Accession Number:

64.21

On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 201
By conjecture, it is apparent that the man pictured here is deeply religious—possibly a hermit, monk, priest, or prophet. His hypnotic, fixed stare, lost in visionary revelations, is one of looking but not seeing. His head is shaven and his body is gaunt and strained from fasting and other self deprivations. His dropped jaw, parted lips, and sunken cheeks heighten the ascetic effect. The sculptor has shown eloquent sensitivity in expressing the spiritual mood and character of a specific individual, not a general type.



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