Saint Jerome, the chief inspiration for Christian penitents and for hermits, is represented in the wilderness beating his breast with a stone while contemplating a wooden cross.

Cima's paintings are similar in style and technique to those by his fellow Venetian, Giovanni Bellini. An earlier painting of this subject by Bellini is also in the Collection ('Saint Jerome reading in a Landscape').

The carved tabernacle frame is north Italian, perhaps Venetian, of the second half of the 16th century. The more minute ornament is painted in gold.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1459/60 - about 1517/18
Full title
Saint Jerome in a Landscape
Date made
about 1500-10
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
32.1 x 25.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
NG1120
Location in Gallery