The Penitent St Jerome
  • TitleThe Penitent St Jerome
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 152 x 109 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 173 x 126 x 8 cm
  • DatingMade c. 1630
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Georges de La Tour, French, born 1593, dead 1652
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 2026
  • AcquisitionGift 1917 Nationalmusei Vänner with contribution by Knut Agathon Wallenberg and A N Versteegh
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1621 17th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    Saints are often depicted with objects that refer to their lives and enable them to be identified. The open book reminds us that Jerome, a Father of the Church, made the first Latin translation of the Bible. The knotted rope and cross symbolise his time of penance in the desert. The cardinal’s hat reflects his high position in the Church, although it is somewhat strange as in the 4th century, when Jerome was alive, cardinals had yet to be appointed.