Saint Jerome

Spanish (probably)
about 1600

Object Place: Probably Spain


34.3 x 16.5 x 11.4 cm (13 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal: gilt bronze

Not On View





This bearded figure of a saint probably came from a large altarpiece incorporating other similar sculpture. The back of this bronze is hollow which would suggest that it was mounted into a larger architectural support. The elongated body and slightly twisted stance retain elemens of the mannerist style of Michealangelo and his followers. There is a new realism in this figure, however, which relates to the emotionally-commanding figures of Milan-born sculptor Pompeo Leoni (1533-1608), who worked extensively for the court of Spain and collaborated with his father, Leone (1509-1590)1, on the over-life size bronze statues of saints for the main altar in the monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial. He was a very influential artist, and several Spaniards worked in a similar tradition.


By April 1967, David Peel & Co., London. 1976, John Goelet, New York; 1976, gift of John Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1977)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. John Goelet in honor of Hanns Swarzenski