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ID number:  BIRBI-49.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Bellini, Giovanni (c.1430-1516)
Title / Object name:  St. Jerome in the Wilderness
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Venice
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1460
Materials:  Tempera on wood
Measurements:  44 x 29.9 cm
Provenance:  D. Goodyear, Gloucester; his sale, Christie's Auction House, London, 6 June 1856 (lot 537), unsold; Christie's Auction House, London, 12 June 1863 (lot 59), purchased by the 6th Earl of Southesk; by descent, Southesk collection; Christie's Auction House, London, 23 July 1948 (lot 42); Agnew's, 1949; purchased by the Barber Institute, 1949 for £7,700.

Saint Jerome (died 419) was a scholar who translated the Bible into Latin. He also retired to the wilderness and lived the secluded of a hermit. According to legend, he removed a thorn from the paw of a lion who then became his companion. Here, Jerome exchanges the scholar’s study for a cave. Beyond is a sunlit landscape full of closely-observed natural details representing the comfortable life he has forsaken and the future he will gain.

Giovanni Bellini played a crucial role in the development of Venetian painting, introducing a glowing use of colour and a new feeling for landscape.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Signed on cartellino: IHOVANES BELINUS

Notes:  Exhibited: 'Mostra di Giovanni Bellini', Palazzo Ducale, Venice, 1949 (no.24); 'The Age of Titian', National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2004 (no. 2); 'Giovanni Bellini', Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, 30 September - 11 January 2009 (no. 2)

1 Related People

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