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    Artist Name:

    Unknown Artist


    Bust of a Man (Possibly St. Jerome)




    Polychromed wood


    17 x 10 x 8 inches

    Credit Line:

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

    Accession Number:


    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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