Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Saint Jerome Praying

model 16th century (cast 17th century or later)
Spanish or Northern Italian
Copper alloy with gilt obverse and reverse with reddish brown patina; integrally cast suspension loop at the top.
11.2 x 7 cm, wt. 148.45 g.
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 1975.1.1359
Accession Number:
Not on view
The plaquette depicts Saint Jerome in the wilderness, kneeling and holding a crucifix. A lion, an attribute of the saint, lies at his feet. The open book is an allusion to Jerome's role as a biblical scholar and translator of the Bible into Latin (known as the Vulgate). The book is inscribed "S I", for Sanctus Ieronymus. This aftercast has some loss of detail.
Robert Lehman, New York
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