Recognising saints: lion
Detail from Bono da Ferrara, Saint Jerome in a Landscape, about 1440
A lion is the common attribute of Saint Jerome
Saint Jerome is reputed to have removed a thorn from a lion’s paw while living as a hermit in the desert.
Saint Jerome was a biblical scholar who made the first translation of the Bible in Latin.
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The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN