Saint Jerome in a Rocky Landscape

Saint Jerome is shown as a hermit in the foreground. In the background is the final scene in the story of the saint's lion told in the 'Golden Legend'. The lion has been charged with guarding the monastery ass: the ass was stolen by some merchants while the lion was asleep, but was later recognised by the lion and the merchants responsible for the theft came to beg forgiveness from the abbot.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1515; died not later than 1524
Full title
Saint Jerome in a Rocky Landscape
Date made
about 1515
Medium and support
Oil on oak
36 × 33.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs Henry Oppenheimer, 1936
Inventory number
Location in Gallery