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St. Jerome

St. Jerome - Museum Religious Art Classics

Artwork Narrative:

Artist: Jusepe de Ribera – c. 1638 – 1640

St. Jerome (about ad 347–420) translated biblical texts into Latin. Although he sometimes appears as a scholar in his study, Ribera represents him here as a penitent who withdrew to the desert, beating his chest with a stone to emulate Christ’s suffering and contemplating a skull symbolizing human vanity. Working in Naples, Ribera enthusiastically adapted Caravaggio’s characteristic use of light and dark and naturalistic models.

His feast day is September 30.

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