Saint Jerome

Saint Jerome 1618 - 1620

Anthonie van Dyck

Room 23

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About this artwork

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.

About the creator

Anthonie van Dyck

Antwerpen 1599 - Londen 1641

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.

Object details

material and technique: oil on canvas
kind of object: painting
creditline: Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
inventory number: VdV 22