Antoniazzo Romano, St. Jerome Healing the Lion

1512-18
Ca' d'Oro, Venice, Italy

This episode in the legend accounts for the use of a lion as St. Jerome's attribute. A lion got a thorn in its paw and was in pain, so when Jerome was able to pull it out the lion was grateful and helped with monastery chores.

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Photographed at the Ca' d'Oro by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.