TENIERS, David the Younger
(b. 1610, Antwerpen, d. 1690, Bruxelles)
Oil on panel, 27 x 36 cm
Sitting on an imposing stone slab in his cave with a lion resting at his side, St Jerome piously devotes himself to reading in front of a makeshift altar. Clothed in a sculptural red drape, he looks towards the far left of the painting, reflecting upon the errors that led him away from the path of the Gospel.
The objects lying on the altar are an hourglass and a skull, symbols of vanity, and also a crucifix.