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In San Girolamo - one of the patron saints of the School of San Fantin, today the Ateneo Veneto - towards the end of the sixteenth century Jacopo Palma the Younger dedicated a pictorial cycle made up of eight scenes representing the life of the Saint; of these eight paintings, today two are scattered, four are kept in the church of San Giorgio delle Pertiche in Padua, one is visible inside the church of San Girolamo while one is deposited in the Gallerie dell'Accademia.

In particular, the canvas depicting Saint Jerome who medicates the lion's paw represents a curious legend that narrates the immense benevolence of the Saint towards animals: in front of the unexpected appearance of a suffering lion, instead of running away from the convent in terror as his brothers, he remains calm waiting to understand what the feline wants to do, confident that he is not approaching with malicious intent.

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