St Jerome by Flaminio Torre (1620-1661).

Oil on canvas, 96.5cm by 79cm.

Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793) recorded the painting as having come from the Barberini Palace in Rome.

Flaminio Torre, a painter of the Bolognese school was a pupil of Guido Reni (1575-1642), Giacomo Cavedone (1577-1660) and Simone Cantarini (1612-1648).

He painted mainly for churches in Bologna.

This representation of St. Jerome, semi clad and with a skull, a book and the suggestion of a landscape beyond his immediate surroundings, refers to the many years that the saint is said to have spent living as a hermit in the Syrian desert.


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