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© The Frick Collection
El Greco  (1541–1614)
St. Jerome, 1590–1600
Oil on canvas
43 1/2 x 37 1/2 in. (110.5 x 95.3 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1905.1.67
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Commentary: St. Jerome (ca. 342–420), one of the four great Doctors of the Western Church, is venerated for his ascetic piety and for his monumental Latin translation of the Bible, represented here by the large volume on which he rests his hands. Following an old convention, the artist depicts him in the robes of a cardinal. This composition proved popular and was produced in at least four versions by El Greco and his shop; one of these is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Source: Art in The Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996.
Collections: Valladolid Cathedral (?). Émile Pares. V. Bourdariat. Trotti. Knoedler. Frick, 1905.

Source: Paintings in The Frick Collection: French, Italian and Spanish. Volume II. New York: The Frick Collection, 1968.