Inventory number
P01098
Author
Ribera, José de
Title
Penitent Saint Jerome
Chronology
1652
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
77,2 cm x 71,8 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Collection of Isabel Farnesio, Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, “pieza donde se decía misa antiguamente”, 1746, n. 517; La Granja Palace, “pieza tercera de azulejos”, 1766, n. 517; New Royal Palace, Madrid, “pieza de retrete”, 1794, n. 517; Royal Palace, Madrid, “dormitorio de príncipes-pieza séptima”, 1814-1818, n. 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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