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This impressively bearded figure is a fourth-century saint, Jerome, one of the Fathers of the Christian Church. He holds several books – symbolising his extensive writings, including the first official translation of the Bible into Latin – and a stone.
This painting comes from the upper level of a large polyptych (multi-panelled altarpiece) painted by Giorgio Schiavone, probably for the church of San Niccolò in Padua; other panels from it are also in our collection. We are not sure exactly what order the panels were in, but Jerome must have been on the left, looking inwards.
The National Gallery, London
Tempera on wood
H 32.5 x W 25 cm