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Ruins with the Penitent Saint Jerome, 1552

  • etching, paper
  • 228 x 350 mm
  • Inv. 2018-FZ

Public Domain

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In a landscape with remains of Roman ruins, Saint Jerome kneels on the ground and hits himself with a stone. His cloak and cardinal's hat lie on a stone wall. He rests on a skull. The lion's symbol lies at the top of a low staircase, licking its paws.


Hieronymus Cock RKD
Antwerp 1518 - Antwerp 1570

Maarten van Heemskerck RKD
Heemskerk 1498 - Haarlem 1574

Title Ruins with the Penitent Saint Jerome
Date 1552
Period 16th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings bottom left: Martinus/ hemstkirc/ ken inue
year centre below: 1552
centre below: Cock fecit
inscription bottom right: 27 [...]
inscription top right: 273
owners mark on the back, top right: fVB
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2018-FZ
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
300015571 cityscapes (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11H saints Iconclass
11H(JEROME) the monk and hermit Jerome (Hieronymus); possible attributes: book, cardinal's hat, crucifix, hour-glass, lion, skull, stone Iconclass
11P3112 cardinal Iconclass
11Q3 ascetic life and practice Iconclass
11Q31 mortification of the senses ~ ascetic life Iconclass
11Q331 anchorite, hermit Iconclass
11R71 skull as symbol of 'Vanitas' Iconclass
25F23(LION) beasts of prey, predatory animals: lion Iconclass
25I9 landscape with ruins Iconclass
41D221(HAT) head-gear: hat Iconclass
47G91 collapsing building Iconclass
48C149 ruin of a building ~ architecture Iconclass
57AA Good and Bad Behaviour, Moral Qualities (opposing concepts) Iconclass
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