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The Penitent St Jerome
  • TitleThe Penitent St Jerome
  • Technique/ MaterialOil and tempera on wood
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 66,5 x 91,5 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 95 x 119 x 9 cm
  • DatingMade 1480s
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Jacopo del Sellaio, Italian, born 1441 or 1442, born 1441 or 1442, dead 1493
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 2366
  • AcquisitionPurchase 1922 Karl Bergsten Fund
  • Collection Italian Paintings - Three Centuries of Collecting
  • Description
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    Eagerly, Hieronymus tried to do penance for his sins, which, according to Christian understanding, were found in the heart. That is why he is hitting his chest with a stone. He lived as a hermit around 400 CE in the Syrian desert, in the company of a lion, which he tamed by removing a thorn from its paw. Hieronymus is best known for his Latin translation of the Bible. The saints Anthony the Great and Augustine can be seen in the background.