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Saint Jerome in the Wilderness
Saint Jerome in the Wilderness

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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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. Giovanni Bellini played a crucial role in the development of Venetian painting, introducing a glowing use of colour and a new feeling for landscape.




tempera on wood


H 44 x W 22.9 cm

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purchased, 1949

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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