St. Jerome in the Wilderness

Leo da Vinci.
Leo da Vinci.

http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/x-Schede/PINs/PINs_Sala09_03_041.html

St Jerome was a Doctor of the Church, a priest, and a historian who commented extensively on the Gospels. Symbols associated with him in art are the lion (due to the story that he went into the wild and tamed a lion by healing a wound on its paw), the owl (due to his studies), and clothing related to cardinals (which didn’t exist when he was alive, but are associated with him due to his position in the church).

This painting in particular is really well known just because it’s unfinished, and has a mythology around it concerning it being found cut into pieces. The painting, “completed” in 1480, was created relatively early in Leo’s life.

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