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Saint Jerome in Penitence

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.




Master of the Lille Adoration
Netherlandish, active about 1520-40

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.


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Saint Jerome in Penitence

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Oil on panel


34.2 × 25.3 cm (13 1/2 × 10 in.)

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Gift of Suzette and Eugene Davidson

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