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Workshop of Joachim Patinir, Saint Jerome in a Rocky Landscape

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Full title Saint Jerome in a Rocky Landscape
Artist Workshop of Joachim Patinir
Artist dates active 1515; died not later than 1524
Date made about 1515
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 36 × 33.7 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs Henry Oppenheimer, 1936
Inventory number NG4826
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Saint Jerome in a Rocky Landscape
Workshop of Joachim Patinir

This small picture shows two episodes from the life of Saint Jerome. At the front, the saint sits under a lean-to shelter and removes a large thorn from a lion’s paw. In gratitude the lion remained with him in the wilderness and after he went back to monastic life. On a rocky platform behind, the saint appears again, dressed as a cardinal, with two men leading camels and a donkey. The men are merchants who stole the monastery’s donkey; the lion recovered it.

The painting has been cut down on the right. It originally looked like a painting in Wuppertal (Von der Heydt Museum) which includes other incidents from the story. There are several variants of this subject, one of which, now in the Prado, Madrid, is signed by Joachim Patinir. It is possible that all were being worked on at much the same time in his workshop.

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