Anthony van Dyck: Saint Jerome (Hiëronymus), (1618-1620)

(Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

A very nice portrait this time. Jerome was a Hermit, priest and Doctor of the Church and is best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate). The red cloth is a reference to him being an cardinal. The sleeping lion in the left corner is a reference to the story that Jerome had tamed a lion in the wilderness by healing its paw. Painting from 1618 - 1620.

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