Domenico Zampieri, called Domenichino (1581 - 1641)
The Vision of St Jerome
Oil on copper; 49.4 x 37.2 cm
Prov: Monsieur Paillot; Duc d'Orléans; Henry Hope; George Watson Taylor; Mrs Whyte of Barron Hill, by descent to Captain Arthur Finch Dawson
Lent by Sir Denis Mahon, C.H., C.B.E., F.B.A., through The Art Fund, 1999; WA.L.99.12
Finaldi and Kitson 1997, no. 20; Schleier 2001, no. C6
St Jerome (c.342-420), in prayer before a crucifix, is interrupted by a heavenly vision, signifying divine blessing and inspiration. Domenichino made several paintings of the saint when in Rome in 1602-10: this was apparently made c.1606-8 when he was living in the household of Monsignor Giovanni Battista Agucchi and it had a companion of a St Francis in prayer.
Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.