The Penitence of Saint Jerome

Joachim Patinir Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 613

In this triptych, Patinir plotted one continuous landscape across three separate panels, each with a distinct religious narrative in its foreground. On the left, Christ is baptized in the river Jordan; at center, Saint Jerome beats his chest in penitence; and on the right, demons torment Saint Anthony the Hermit. While essential to the work’s function as altarpiece, these stories also provide the pretext for Patinir’s panoramic landscape, the subject matter that made him famous. In this example he made characteristic use of atmospheric perspective, shifting the color palette from green to blue as the vista recedes.

#5132. The Penitence of Saint Jerome



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The Penitence of Saint Jerome, Joachim Patinir (Netherlandish, Dinant or Bouvignes, active by 1515–died 1524 Antwerp), Oil on wood

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