Saint Jerome
This painting is part of the group: S. Niccolò Altarpiece, Padua

This section of an altarpiece showing Saint Jerome is probably a comparatively early work by Schiavone. It is thought to come from S. Niccolò, Padua.

Jerome was born in Dalmatia in 342 and is one of the four Doctors of the Church, together with Ambrose, Augustine and Gregory the Great. He made the first translation of the Bible in Latin: the Vulgate. He held an official post under Pope Damasus I, and is sometimes depicted wearing cardinal's robes. The cardinal's red hat is one of his attributes (although there was no such office at the time).

He spent four years as a hermit in the desert, where he beat his breast when tempted by sinful thoughts. This is symbolised by another attribute, the stone (an artistic invention), and his bloodied breast. He is supposed to have removed a thorn from the paw of a lion, which he then befriended.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1436/7 - 1504
Full title
Saint Jerome
Group
Date made
probably 1456-61
Medium and support
Tempera on wood
Dimensions
32.5 x 25 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
NG630.7
Location in Gallery

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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Peter Martyr'
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint John the Baptist'
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'The Pietà'
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Giorgio Schiavone
probably 1456-61
Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Catherine'
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'Saint Sebastian'
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Giorgio Schiavone
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Giorgio Schiavone: 'A Female Saint'