The legend of Saint Jerome in art. Saint Jerome and his animal associates. Saint Jerome in the wilderness. Durer's engraving of 1514. Cranach's versions of the Jerome theme. Two penitent Jeromes by Bosch. Antonello da Messina's "Saint Jerome in his study". Francesco di Giorgio's bronze relief. Tura's "Saint Jerome in penitence". The bestiary. Saint Jerome in illuminated manuscripts. Appendix: Pertinent renditions of the Jerome theme
'Next to the biblical stories of the Creation and of Noah's Ark, the Saint Jerome legend is the theme in Western church art most richly embellished with animals--mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, mythological creatures. This distinguished work of scholarship offers for the first time a comprehensive survey of more than sixty identifiable animals found in hundreds of art works depicting Saint Jerome, from the late Middle Ages through the period of the baroque, when religious art gave way to more secular themes in Europe.'