Inventory number
P01098
Author
Ribera, José de (Spanish)
Title
Penitent Saint Jerome
Chronology
1652
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
77,2 cm x 71,8 cm
School
Española
Theme
Religión
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (colección Isabel Farnesio, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, pieza donde se decía misa antiguamente, 1746, nº 517; La Granja, pieza tercera de azulejos, 1766, nº 517; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, pieza de retrete, 1794, nº 517; Palacio Real, Madrid, dormitorio de príncipes-pieza séptima, 1814-1818, nº 517).

A representation of penitent Saint Jerome (Ca. 340-420), wearing only his red Cardinal's cape and holding a cross which he beats his chest with a stone.

The treatment of the light, which outlines the saint's figure over a neutral background, and the detailed representation of both the saint's anatomy and his dynamic gaze give this work great expressivity and reveal the skill at communicating through painting that Ribera had acquired by the end of his life.

 
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