Vittore Carpaccio (Italian, ca. 1455–1523/26)
Oil and tempera on wood
27 3/4 x 34 1/8 in. (70.5 x 86.7 cm)
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1911 (11.118)
In addition to his well-known narrative cycles in Venice, Carpaccio painted a number of devotional images employing elaborate symbols. This one is among the most memorable. At the right Job sits on a block inscribed in Hebrew with the passage, "I know that my redeemer liveth." Saint Jerome, portrayed as a hermit on the left, interpreted this biblical passage to refer to the Resurrection of Christ, whose dead body is displayed on a broken throne with the crown of thorns at its base. The landscape, barren on the left and pastoral on the right, also alludes to the contrasting themes of life and death.