LOTTO, Lorenzo
(b. ca. 1480, Venezia, d. 1556, Loreto)

The Penitent St Jerome

Oil on panel, 56 x 40 cm
Muzeul National de Arta, Bucharest

In this painting, Jerome's aspect as penitent prevails markedly over that of intellectual which was typical of Lotto's earlier versions of the subjects. Thus greater emphasis is given to such details as the small but poisonous asps near his feet, the grasshopper in the foreground, and the bird skeleton at lower left. This iconography of Jerome as a penitent nude was especially popular in northern Italy, particularly in the Veneto, beginning in the second half of the fifteenth century.

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