About this artwork
Saint Jerome, known for translating the Bible into Latin, was a popular subject for paintings in the Renaissance, a period of renewed interest in secular and religious learning. Artists typically depicted him as a scholar in his study or as an ascetic in the wilderness, but this portrait-like image combines both themes. The books before him on the desk suggest his learned character, while the crucifix and skull he contemplates as he beats his breast with a rock evoke his hermetic activities. The saint displays the nervous, exaggerated gestures often found in work by this artist, known as the Master of the Lille Adoration.
- Currently Off View
- Painting and Sculpture of Europe
- Saint Jerome in Penitence
- Oil on panel
- 34.2 × 25.3 cm (13 1/2 × 10 in.)
- Gift of Suzette and Eugene Davidson