During his lifetime it was popular for the devout believer to demonstrate his aborrence of the worldly life by going to live in a remote wilderness with only basic necessities of life, spending his or her time in prayer, while fasting, and study. In this etching Jerome is kneeling in prayer in a cave, flanked by a lion. Legend has it that Jerome came upon the lion and removed a thorn from the lion's paw. The lion responded by becoming his faithful companion, and in turn, also one of the iconographic symbols of Saint Jerome.
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