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Saint Jerome Writing (1605–1606)
Completed in Caravaggio's late Roman period, before his forced flight to Malta, this work depicts St. Jerome, a Doctor of the Church, as he is engaged in writing, most likely translating scriptures from ancient Greek into Latin. Commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, one of Caravaggio’s most notable clients, the painting's use of color seems to suggest a juxtaposition between warm colors like the saint’s face and his mantle, representing life, and dark colors, like the book and the desk, representing death.
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