Skip to main content
Key facts
Full title Saint Jerome in his Study
Artist Vincenzo Catena
Artist dates active 1506 - 1531
Date made probably about 1510
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 75.9 x 98.4 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1862
Inventory number NG694
Location Room 56
Route Not on any route
Collection Main Collection
Saint Jerome in his Study
Vincenzo Catena
/

Saint Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin from Greek and Hebrew, is reading in his study, surrounded by books, an inkwell, an unlit candle and Crucifix. A lion, his traditional companion, lies on the ground near his creased slippers. The partridge may be associated with both truth and deceit. Jerome’s pink robe, blue hood and hat are unusual; he is normally shown wearing the red robes of a cardinal.

The elaborate brass lectern is ornamented with a lion’s paw and has a long pointed spike to which a candle could be attached for reading after dark. In the open cupboards are a wicker flagon, a jar, and more of Saint Jerome’s books. All the objects in the room are meticulously painted. The Venetian artist Catena may have trained with Giovanni Bellini, and it is easy to see the influence of Bellini’s clear, crisp style in this picture.

Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download a low-resolution copy of this image for personal use.

License this image

License and download a high-resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low-resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Download low-resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo