Saint Jerome in Penitence
45.4 cm x 30.7 cm (17 7/8 in. x 12 1/16 in.)
(Venice, circa 1510 - circa 1561, Venice)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2007
Formed among Michelangelo’s followers in Rome, Franco possessed the most disciplined and idealized drawing of any Venetian artist of the period. He was also the most prolific etcher in sixteenth-century Italy. Most of his prints include engraving and suggest the very regular appearance of works in that technique. This Saint Jerome is one of a number of late efforts that responded to painted examples––here, Titian––and employed etching alone to more varied and personal effect.