back bounded-next cafe calendar-large calendar cart close coat-check collapse donate download elevators expand explore filter grid-view hamburger heart hours join link list-view location mail more next nursing-room phone print programs ramp restrooms right-arrow search share shop thumbs-down thumbs-up tickets up toilet heart-filled zoom Skip to Content

Bust of a Man (Possibly St. Jerome)

European Art

Search and Share Tools

Bust of a Man (Possibly St. Jerome)

Artwork Details


Unidentified Artist




Polychromed wood

Accession #



Please contact the Museum for more information.


Currently Not on View


This powerful sculptural fragment may represent St. Jerome, an important early Christian theologian and bishop who spent several years as a hermit and penitent. In art, St. Jerome is often shown praying in the wilderness, striking his bare chest with a stone; the marks and remains of red paint on the chest of this figure would therefore accord with this identification. The unknown sculptor has been eloquent in expressing spirituality and asceticism: the figure’s fixed stare seems to be turned inward, his head is shaved, his body gaunt and strained from fasting and other deprivations.


Gift of Mrs. Irma N. Straus in memory of her husband, Jesse Isidor Straus