Saint Jerome (about 342 - 420) translated the Bible into Latin. He spent several years as a penitent in the Syrian desert, and is depicted here in the wilderness, accompanied by the tame lion which his legend associates with him, receiving divine inspiration in the form of an angel.

This work is one of the two earliest documented paintings by Domenichino. It was recorded in 1603 in Cardinal Aldobrandini's collection in Rome, and must have been painted shortly after the artist's arrival in the city in 1602.

X-radiographs reveal a standing figure behind the saint.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1581 - 1641
Full title
The Vision of Saint Jerome
Date made
before 1603
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
51.1 x 39.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
NG85
Location in Gallery