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Saint Jerome in Penitence
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Saint Jerome in Penitence

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Description Saint Jerome, best known in history as a scholar who made a translation of parts of the bible into a standard Latin that had a long-lasting impact on its interpretation, may also be 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.The mantel he draps around him is a wonder of rhythmic folds that fall naturalistically yet in an intriguing pattern. This panel, together with other half-length depictions of saints, was made in 1468 for an altarpiece in the church of Santa Giustina in Venice. There is another panel from the altarpiece in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
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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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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