Saint Jerome retired to the Syrian desert and lived for many years as a hermit. He suffered hallucinations, beating his breast until the fever passed.
Here, rather than in the wilderness, he kneels amongst antique ruins looking at a small crucifix. Although he was never actually made a cardinal, he is often portrayed in cardinal's robes in recognition of an appointment he held under Pope Damascus I. Behind him is his attribute, the lion. According to fable he pulled a thorn from a lion's paw and thereafter the lion became a devoted friend.
Where to see this painting?
National Trust, Westwood Manor
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England, BA15 2AF
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.