TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

St Jerome

1570-75
Oil on canvas, 138 x 97 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

St Jerome as a hermit, praying before a crucifix in the solitude of the wilderness, is a theme that Titian returned to again and again during the course of his career. Numerous researchers consider this painting to be unfinished, due to the almost abstract background. The figure of the saint and the very plastic appearance of the crucifix show that the work was at an advanced stage.