Saint Jerome sanguine - Roderigo Bernardino Siciliano (1606-57)
A beautiful and early 17th century old master sketch by the Spanish artist Roderigo Bernardino Siciliano for a larger drawing depicting Saint Jerome with his dog. Signed on the front and inscribed on the reverse.
Saint Jerome (347-420) was a priest , a theologian and a historian. He was born at Stridon ,a village near Emona on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia and is best known for his translation of most of the bible in to Latin (the translation that became known as the Vulgate) , and his commentaries on the gospels. In art he is often depicted with a lion in the belief he had tamed one in the wilderness after healing it's paw. He is also shown in contemplation , as here, reflecting on the meaningless of earthly life and the transient nature of earthly goods and pursuits.