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St Jerome is portrayed as both a divinely inspired scholar and a hermit with a lion. Nor did Van Dyck forget that he was a cardinal, for the red cloth alludes to the prelate’s scarlet robes. This is all summarised brilliantly in a single image painted both loosely and boldly. The famous work was copied before it had even left Van Dyck’s studio.
Anthonie van Dijck, also called Antoon, worked in Antwerp and London. As a teenager, he worked as assistant to the painter Peter Paul Rubens. In 1620, when he was 20, he travelled to England and Italy. When he returned to Antwerp, he ran a successful studio. In 1632 he left for England, where he worked for Charles I. He was dubbed knight and became famous as a portrait artist. He returned to Antwerp on several occasions and died in 1641 in England.
material and technique: oil on canvas
kind of object: painting
creditline: Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
inventory number: VdV 22