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Saint Jerome in Penitence
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Saint Jerome in Penitence

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Description In art, Saint Jerome is often represented as a penitent who spent four years in the Syrian desert as a hermit. To expel lascivious thoughts of young women, he beat his breast, and he grew spiritually strong through long hours of study. Though the saint is usually represented in his desert retreat, here he is shown in timeless isolation. This panel is one of four depicting penitent male saints that may have framed a central painting of the suffering Christ. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 141, pp. 211-212.
Date Description Narrative
1/01/1900Examinationexamined for condition
10/26/1989Examinationexamined for condition; inpainted
1/01/1990Treatmentinpainted; other; varnish removed or reduced
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 62; 1897 catalogue: no. 402, as Francesco Squarcione]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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ca. 1468 (early Renaissance)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 19 3/8 x W: 10 3/4 x Approx. D: 9/16 in. (49.2 x 27.3 x 1.4 cm)


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