St. Jerome reading in a Cave card

St. Jerome reading in a Cave

WAG 7278

Currently not on display


St Jerome was the great scholar of the Church who translated the Bible into Latin in the late 4th century. For some years he lived as a hermit in the desert, as shown here. The eagle fighting with a snake, and the lion (Jerome's usual symbol) confronting a dragon, represent the saint's struggle against evil and paganism. His feet rest on a cardinal's hat, a reference to his period of service as the Pope's secretary. Jerome was born in Dalmatia - present day Croatia - and his cult had a strong following there. The initials and heraldic symbols along the bottom edge are those of Alvise Lando, governor of the Dalmatian town of Trogir 1470-2.