Saint Jerome reading in a Landscape
Saint Jerome is shown in his penitential retreat in the Syrian wilderness, where he retired about 374-6. He studies the Bible, which he translated into Latin from the original Greek and Hebrew around 400 AD, and is accompanied by the lion from whose paw, according to legend, he drew out a thorn. His cave is in the wilderness, but a walled city like those in the mainland territories of Venice can be seen in the distance.

This painting has sometimes been regarded as by a follower of Bellini. It is known in other versions.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active about 1459; died 1516
Full title
Saint Jerome reading in a Landscape
Date made
perhaps 1480-5
Medium and support
Tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions
47 x 33.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1855
Inventory number
NG281
Location in Gallery