European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Saint Jerome in the Wilderness
Paris Bordone (Paris Pasqualino), Italian (active Venice), 1500 - 1571
Oil on canvas
Cat. 206John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelVenetian artists of the early 1500s were particularly attracted to subjects in which the landscape played an important role. Here, the story of Saint Jerome's wanderings seems an excuse to depict the changing effects of light in a stormy landscape. In the foreground is the lion that accompanied Jerome in gratitude for removing a thorn from its paw. The mysterious scene in the middle distance, a young man fleeing from a winged monster, has yet to be explained.
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