Saint Jerome

Romaninoabout 1524

The National Gallery, London

The National Gallery, London

This is one of the panels of the high altarpiece of the church of S. Alessandro, Brescia. It shows Saint Jerome, a monk and scholar who lived in Constantinople and Rome around AD341-420. He was appointed as secretary to Pope Damasus I for whom he made the first translation of the Bible in Latin. He was also a hermit who spent many years in the desert, and here, he is depicted in penitence with his emblems of a lion, a stone and a crucifix.

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  • Title: Saint Jerome
  • Creator: Girolamo Romanino
  • Date Created: about 1524
  • Physical Dimensions: 159.1 x 64.8 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on wood
  • School: Italian (Brescian)
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  • Inventory number: NG297.3
  • Artist Biography: Romanino was the leading painter, with Moretto, of Brescia in the first half of the 16th century. His style differs from Moretto's in the heightened expressiveness of the figures and landscape. This is due to the impact of Dürer and German art. Like Lotto, Romanino was active as a painter of frescoes and altarpieces - and occasional portraits - over a wide area of northern Italy, including Padua, Cremona and Trento. Brescia remained his chief place of residence and he became a municipal councillor there in 1559. His son-in-law was the painter Lattanzio Gambara, with whom he collaborated. The influence of Giorgione and Titian is apparent in Romanino's handling of paint, and in his treatment of subjects.
  • Acquisition Credit: Bought, 1857