St. Jerome Writing - Wikipedia : The painting depicts Saint Jerome, a Doctor of the Church in Roman Catholicism and a popular subject for painting, even for Caravaggio, who produced other paintings of Jerome in Meditation and engaged in writing. In this image, Jerome is reading intently, an outstretched arm resting with quill. It has been suggested that Jerome is depicted in the act of translating the Vulgate.
What is to say about this painting. St. Jerome, unaware that we see him. Writing, prayerful, bare, open. The layer of the spiritual and physical worlds are pushed up against one another and made to belong to each other. We are not given St.Jerome's full gaze instead we are given his inward prayer. A gaze that reaches out and within. A gaze that is not his own.