The penitent Saint Jerome, who withdrew to the desert, kneels at the foot of a sculpted image of Christ on the cross. Although the viewer is meant to understand that Jerome prays before a sculpted crucifix, Jerome also appears to be present at the actual Crucifixion. In his cave lies a lion, the saint's attribute. Three books stand on the shelves, referring to Saint Jerome's scholarly endeavors.


  • Title: Saint Jerome in the Desert
  • Date Created: about 1469
  • Location Created: Ferrara, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: w7.9 x h10.8 cm
  • Type: Folio
  • Rights: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=4113
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Taddeo Crivelli (Italian, died about 1479, active about 1451 - 1479)
  • Terms of Use: http://www.getty.edu/legal/copyright.html
  • Subject: Dogs, Lions, Rabbits, Crucifixion, Saint Jerome, Prayer

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