One of the main signifiers of Jerome in art is the lion, in addition to a long white beard, and a book. Academic and lion-tamer: that’s what you get from these paintings.
A fine example is the one below:
And we see immediately why Jerome is considered a saint. The reaction of anyone else confronted with that “lion” would be "Kill it! Kill it with fire!”
I can’t even begin to analyze what’s wrong with this lion, because I’m too busy cowering under the bed, terrified it’s going to come after me in my sleep.
But probably the most important factor to note is: holy shit, it has the face of a man.
Let’s just take a moment to remember what a LION looks like at this point:
…yeah. Better luck next time, Rogier.