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.
active 1515; died not later than 1524
Saint Jerome in a Rocky Landscape
Medium and support
Oil on oak
36 × 33.7 cm
Bequeathed by Mrs Henry Oppenheimer, 1936
Location in Gallery