Please note: The DIA will close to the public at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, in preparation for Noel Night. We will reopen at 5 p.m. for the evening's events. Learn more

Saint Jerome in the Desert, ca. 1637

  • Pietro da Cortona, Italian, 1596-1669

Oil on copper

  • Unframed (irreg.): 17 5/8 × 15 3/8 inches (44.8 × 39.1 cm)
  • 23 3/4 × 20 1/2 × 2 3/4 inches (60.3 × 52.1 × 7 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Raymond Field


possibly, Palazzo Medici Riccardi. by 1809, Jean-Baptiste Pierre Lebrun [1748–1813]. by 1816, Sir Thomas Baring, 2nd Baronet [1772–1848] (London, England). by 1889, Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook [1826–1904] (London, England). by inheritance to his son, Francis George Baring, 2nd Earl of Northbrook [1850–1929] (London, England). 1929, by inheritance to his spouse, Florence Anita, Countess of Northbrook [1860–1946] (London, England)

June 11, 1937, presented at "Pictures by Old Masters" auction (Christie, Manson & Woods), lot 14. March 5, 1942, presented at "American and French Paintings" auction (Parke-Bernet Galleries), lot 74. by 1942, A. F. Mondschein (New York, New York, USA)

1942-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA) with funds from Mr. and Mrs. E. Raymond Field (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Le Brun, Jean Baptiste Pierre. Recueil de grauvres au trait, à l’eau-forte, et ombrés, d’après un choix de tableaux de toutes les écoles, recueillis dans un voyage fait en Espagne, au midi de la France et en Italie, dans le années 1807 et 1808. Paris, 1809, pl. I, p. 23, no. 11. Catalogue of Pictures of the Italian and Spanish Schools. Exh. cat., British Institution. London, 1816, p. 15, no. 72. An Account of all the Pictures Exhibited in the Rooms of the British Institution, from 1813 to 1823, Belonging to the Nobility and Gentry of England: with Remarks, Critical and Explanatory. London, 1824, pp. 58-59. Richter, Jean Paul. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures Belonging to the Earl of Northbrook. London, 1889, p. 123, no. 170. Fabbrini, Narciso. Vita del Cavaliere Pietro Berrettini da Cortona: Pittore ed Architetto. Cortona, 1896, p. 273, no. 61. Below, Stephanie von. "Beiträge zür Kenntnis Pietro da Cortona." Ph.D. diss., Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, 1932, p. 76. Catalogue of Pictures by Old Masters. Sales cat., Christie, Manson & Woods. London, June 11, 1937, p. 6, no. 14. Paintings, Mainly French and American XIX-XX Century Examples with Early Flemish and Italian Works. Sales cat., Parke-Bernet. New York, March 5, 1942, p. 44, no. 74. Richardson, Edgar P. "Three Masters of the Roman Baroque: Cortona, Duquesnoy, Legros," Bulletin of the DIA 22, no. 2 (November 1942): pp. 10-12 (ill.). Richardson, Edgar P., ed. The Detroit Institute of Arts: Catalogue of Paintings. Detroit, 1944, pp. 31, 166, no. 490 (ill.). Masterpieces of Painting and Sculpture from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1949, p. 78 (ill.). Treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1960, p. 94 (ill.). Briganti, Giuliano. Pietro da Cortona: o della Pittura Barocca. Florence, 1962, p. 217, no. 71; p. 317; pl. 177 (ill.). Cummings, Frederick, ed. Art in Italy, 1600–1700. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, 1965, pp. 49-50 (ill.). Fredericksen, Burton and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, 1972, p. 164. Haskell, Francis. Rediscoveries in Art: Some Aspects of Taste, Fashion, and Collecting in England and France. New York, 1976, p. 22 (ill.). Bissell, R. Ward, Andria Derstine and Dwight Miller. Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2005, pp. 9; pp. 58-59, no. 18 (ill.).

Pietro da Cortona, Saint Jerome in the Desert, ca. 1637, oil on copper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Raymond Field, 42.56.