Saint Jerome in His Study
Jan van Eyck, Saint Jerome in His Study, c. 1435. Oil on linen paper on oak panel, 20.6 x 13.3 cm. Detroit Institute of Arts (ArtsEd Net).
Saint Jerome was a 4th-century translator of the Bible. The objects placed in this painting symbolize his intellectual pursuits or his life story. For example, Jerome once extracted a thorn from a lion's paw.