“Saint Jerome with glasses”, by Lionello Spada (c. 1611)

This unusual representation of Saint Jerome (4th-5th century after Christ) wearing glasses was painted by Italian artist Lionello Spada between 1611 and 1615. It can be seen in the National Gallery of Ancient Art of Palazzo Barberini, Rome (via delle Quattro Fontane, 13). Saint Jerome is important for the history of healthcare for leaving us a testimonial about saint Fabiola as the first in the Western World to found "an infirmary"(Letter 77).

  • Photos by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (July 2020)

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