Saint Jerome (about 342 - 420) translated the Bible from Greek and Hebrew into Latin. His version, the Vulgate, was in use throughout the Catholic Church for many centuries. Here he is depicted half-length with the text before him. He was often represented, as in this instance, in the clothes of a cardinal, although the office did not exist in his lifetime.

Several versions of this composition exist. This is considered a weaker example from this group which is usually dated to the 1590s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1541 - 1614
Full title
Saint Jerome as Cardinal
Date made
1590-1600
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
59 x 48 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1882
Inventory number
NG1122
Location in Gallery