Saint Jerome

Saint Jerome (about 342 - 420) was the translator of the Vulgate Bible and the chief inspiration for Christian penitents and hermits. He is shown in the desert beating his chest in penitential prayer in front of a crucifix. The church in the background may represent SS. Giovanni e Paolo (S. Zanipolo), Venice, near which the artist is reported to have lived in 1532.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1480 - about 1548
Full title
Saint Jerome
Date made
about 1525-30
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
121 x 160.4 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery