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Saint Jerome (d.419) was a scholar who translated the Bible into Latin. He also retired to the wilderness and lived the secluded life of a hermit. According to legend, he removed a thorn from the paw of a lion who then became his companion. Here, Jerome exchanges the scholar’s study for a cave. Beyond is a sunlit landscape full of closely observed natural details representing the comfortable life he has forsaken and the future he will gain.
tempera on wood
H 44 x W 22.9 cm
Signed: IHOVANES BELINUS