Saint Jerome (about 342 - 420) was the translator of the Vulgate Bible and the chief inspiration for Christian penitents and hermits. He is shown in the desert beating his chest in penitential prayer in front of a crucifix. The church in the background may represent SS. Giovanni e Paolo (S. Zanipolo), Venice, near which the artist is reported to have lived in 1532.


  • Title: Saint Jerome
  • Creator: Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo
  • Date Created: about 1525-30
  • Physical Dimensions: 121 x 160.4 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • School: Italian (North)
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG3092
  • Artist Dates: about 1480 - about 1548
  • Artist Biography: Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo was born in Brescia. In 1508 he was in Florence, but thereafter he was mainly in Venice (except for a visit to Milan, 1532-4). His output was not great. His pictures are mostly of single figures against landscape backgrounds. The draperies of the figures are usually the most striking element, showing the light on the reflective textiles. Some of his pictures, such as 'Mary Magdalene' are known in a number of versions. The realism of his paintings is thought to have influenced Caravaggio.
  • Acquisition Credit: Layard Bequest, 1916

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