Valentin de Boulogne, ‘St. Jerome’, ca. 1628-30, Davis Museum
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St. Jerome, ca. 1628-30

Oil on canvas
52 1/2 × 38 3/8 in
133.4 × 97.5 cm
Location
Wellesley
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Valentin de Boulogne
French, 1591–1632
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Though little is known of Valentin de Boulogne’s early life, he is considered one of most devoted French followers of Caravaggio. De Boulogne joined a society of foreign artists while in Rome known as Bentvueghels, or “Birds of a Feather.” He also had a close working relationship with Nicolas Poussin, with whom he was frequently compared. Though de Boulogne painted biblical scenes, allegorical images, and portraits, he is best remembered for his genre scenes of merrymaking characters enjoying music, drinks, and games in taverns. These were in part inspired by Bartolomeo Manfredi’s genre paintings, and rendered with Caravaggesque chiaroscuro. Anecdotes report that de Boulogne passed away at his early age after contracting a fever after a night carousing at a tavern.

Valentin de Boulogne, ‘St. Jerome’, ca. 1628-30, Davis Museum
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About the work
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Valentin de Boulogne
French, 1591–1632
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Though little is known of Valentin de Boulogne’s early life, he is considered one of most devoted French followers of Caravaggio. De Boulogne joined a society of foreign artists while in Rome known as Bentvueghels, or “Birds of a Feather.” He also had a close working relationship with Nicolas Poussin, with whom he was frequently compared. Though de Boulogne painted biblical scenes, allegorical images, and portraits, he is best remembered for his genre scenes of merrymaking characters enjoying music, drinks, and games in taverns. These were in part inspired by Bartolomeo Manfredi’s genre paintings, and rendered with Caravaggesque chiaroscuro. Anecdotes report that de Boulogne passed away at his early age after contracting a fever after a night carousing at a tavern.

St. Jerome, ca. 1628-30

Oil on canvas
52 1/2 × 38 3/8 in
133.4 × 97.5 cm
Location
Wellesley
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