Saint Jerome, Jean-Léon Gérôme
Jean-Léon Gérôme
Saint Jerome
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Jean-Léon Gérôme

Saint Jerome, 1874


Dimensions
69.0 x 93.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2316
Acquisition
Acquired in 1935 as a gift from the Otto Hauck heirs
Status
On display

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About the Work

Jean-Léon Gérôme – admired, mocked, forgotten. Only recently has the star of the Paris Salons and opponent of the Impressionists regained the attention of museums. In the depiction of Jerome, the exotic lion is one of the saint’s attributes. The similarity of the protagonist’s name with Gérôme’s own gives the work’s interpretation an ironic twist. The artist’s middle name – Léon – alludes in turn to the lion. In this painting, the ‘lion of the salons’ displayed his masterful painting technique, which did not shy away even from the dirt on the soles of the saint’s feet.

About the Donation

The distinguished Frankfurt banker Otto Hauck (1863–1934), partner in the long-standing Bankhaus Georg Hauck & Sohn, brought his talents to bear in many contexts: as president of the chamber of commerce during the difficult period of inflation, on the board of trustees of the university, and as a patron of the arts, for example in the Städelscher Museums-Verein. From his estate, the Städel received two paintings from his collection.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Saint Jerome
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert mittig rechts: J L Gerome

Property and Acquisition

Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1935 as a gift from the Otto Hauck heirs

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Illustrated Passage
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984, S. 758
Associated Source
  • Die Legenda aurea des Jacobus de Voragine, übersetzt von Richard Benz, Heidelberg 1984, S. 758

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11H(JEROME) the monk and hermit Jerome (Hieronymus); possible attributes: book, cardinal's hat, crucifix, hour-glass, lion, skull, stone
  • 31D16 old man
  • 41D91 man (showing himself) undressed, quasi-nude
  • 31A2361 lying on the back with uplifted upper part of the body
  • 25F23(LION) beasts of prey, predatory animals: lion
Secondary

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03.09.2019