“St. Jerome”, Antonio de Pereda – overview of the painting

“St. Jerome”, Antonio de Pereda – overview of the painting
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  • Posted by Antonio de Pereda
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1643

Overview of the painting :

Saint Jerome – Antonio de Pereda-i-Salgado. Oil on canvas. 104 x 84

   The Spanish painter Antonio de Pereda-i-Salgado was influenced by Ribera and Velazquez, painted on historical and religious topics.

   The hermit presented in the picture is depicted in accordance with traditional iconography. The attributes of Jerome – a book and an inkwell – are symbols of his literary works, since it is he who is credited with the first translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew to Latin. In the hands of the hermit is a makeshift wooden cross, a stone is depicted in the corner. With this very stone, he beat himself in the chest, trying to escape from the devilish temptations. The trumpet voice on the left portends the apocalypse, and the skull is a symbol of the brandy of everything. The theme of the end of the world is also related to the picture of the “Past Judgment” of Dührer depicted on the page of the open book.