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... truly made Saint Jerome a memorable person during his time spent within the High Renaissance and his contributions to history. The book of Jonah is referenced by the last of the significant details within the work by the giant hanging gourd in the right corner. As Jerome apparently came under debate from a fellow scholar for about a decade over his ideology and translation over a Hebrew term ‘kikayon’ which Jerome believed to originally represent Ivy and not a gourd. Perhaps Dürer choose to include this detail to poke fun at the scholar as the argument against Jerome’s translation has been included. This was possibly also done to display the idea that scholars will always come under scrutiny from their peers regardless of what the topic concerns and that it’s more so the argument between contrasting ideologies that is important rather than the individual philosopher.
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