Saint Jerome in Penitence

Saint Jerome is shown in his penitential retreat in the Syrian wilderness, where he retired around 374-6. The Bible, which he later translated into Latin from the original Greek and Hebrew, is propped up on a skull in front of him and he is accompanied by the lion from whose paw, according to legend, he drew out a thorn.

Key facts

Artist dates
1477 - 1549
Full title
Saint Jerome in Penitence
Date made
probably about 1535-45
Medium and support
Oil on wood
141 x 111.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
Location in Gallery