Bartolomeo Montagna

Saint Jerome in Penitence

c. 1500-1507
In penance, Jerome prepares to strike his breast with a rock. He kneels amidst rocky and uncultivated land, symbolically divided by a river from the urban life he has rejected. The background evokes the city of Vicenza and at right is the local church dedicated to the saint, and home to the Gesuati Friars, who looked to Jerome for a model Christian life. The parrot is a pun on the Friars’ custom of constantly repeating the name of Jesus.
Title
Saint Jerome in Penitence
Date
c. 1500-1507
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil and egg tempera on canvas
Dimensions
103.1 x 136.4 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1929
Accession number
3699