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Scene from the Life of Saint Jerome (The Lion arrives at the Monastery)
Scene from the Life of Saint Jerome (The Lion arrives at the Monastery)
Attrib. To:
16th–17th century
Not on display
:Pen And Brown Ink And Brown Wash Over Black Chalk With Red Chalk Squaring On Laid Paper (recto)
Sheet: 400 x 255 mm (15 3/4 x 10 1/16 in.) irregular
Object Type:

Joseph Green Cogswell (1786-1871); Mortimer Leo Schiff (1877-1931); Moore S. Achenbach (1878-1963); Gift to the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, 1963.

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Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts

Exhibition History:

Pomona College, Baroque, 1966;
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Christian Inspiration, 1978, no. 33, p. 23. (entry by Michael Brunner as Circle of Domenico Piola, ed. Alfred Moir).

Executed in preparation for a church altarpiece, this large design depicts a rare passage from the life of Saint Jerome (347–420), one of the Fathers of the early Christian Church, most famous for translating the entire Bible into Latin. One day, a lion came limping into the monastery where Jerome came to pray. While the other monks fled in terror, Jerome understood the lion was in pain, he treated him kindly, removing a thorn from its paw and having it washed and bandaged. The lion was tamed and lived among the monks, looking after the donkey who carried their wood, and guarding it when it went out into the fields.