Saint Jerome in his study. Oil painting. Public Domain Mark. Source: Wellcome Collection.
Saint Jerome is shown as a scholar at work in his study. The lion was, according to a 9th century legend, tamed by Saint Jerome's removal of a thorn from its paw. The objects in the painting signify the saint's significance as a Christian theologian and encourage the viewer to meditate on the vanity of worldly things and the inevitability of death: they include the extinguished candle and skull.