Master Bruce as St Jerome in his Study
after Domenico Ghirlandaio’s St Jerome in his Study – 1480
Oil on Panel
16 x 20″
Copyright Nancy Garbarini
Master Bruce’s wife commissioned this portrait depicting him surrounded by many of his belongings. About 25 pictures of objects from his office were provided in addition to several photos of the subject. It was great fun incorporating all of these personalized details.
Heraldry books, a whistle, rosary and a personal note to his wife depicting famous musical notes from the movie “Close Encounters”.
The top shelves store his straw hat, books, heraldic plaque, pottery, pelican statue, and scientific instruments.
On the desk are quills, ink, a magnifying glass, compass, a document with the Herald’s seal, and a portrait of his wife.
The inspiration piece: St Jerome in his Study by Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1480.