The Calling of Saint Matthew

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“The Calling of Saint Matthew” is an iconic painting by the Italian Baroque artist, Caravaggio. Completed in 1600, the painting depicts a dramatic moment from the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus calls Matthew, a tax collector, to become his disciple. Caravaggio’s use of light, shadow, and composition in the painting creates a powerful and emotional image that captures the drama and intensity of the moment.

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Exhibition quality canvas stretched over wooden stretcher bars w/mirrored edge so none of the original image is lost. Certificate of Authenticity included. Ready to hang on your wall.

Description

The painting depicts a group of men gathered in a dimly lit room, counting money at a table. At the forefront of the painting, Jesus and Saint Peter are depicted entering the room, with Jesus pointing directly at Matthew. Matthew is depicted with his arms outstretched, as if in surprise and disbelief at the sudden attention he is receiving from Jesus. The contrast between the light that illuminates Jesus and Peter and the shadow that envelops the tax collectors creates a sense of drama and tension, highlighting the power of Jesus’ call to Matthew.

Caravaggio’s use of chiaroscuro, or the contrast between light and shadow, is particularly effective in this painting. The dramatic contrast between the light and shadow emphasizes the central figures in the painting, highlighting their importance and drawing the viewer’s attention to them. The strong light that illuminates Jesus and Peter creates a sense of divinity, emphasizing their importance and power.

The composition of the painting is also noteworthy. Caravaggio has carefully arranged the figures in the painting, with Matthew placed in the foreground, drawing the viewer’s attention to him. The dynamic interaction between the figures creates a sense of movement and energy in the painting, adding to its dramatic impact.

“The Calling of Saint Matthew” is a remarkable work of art that exemplifies Caravaggio’s talent for creating emotionally charged images. The painting’s use of light and shadow, composition, and subject matter make it a powerful and enduring masterpiece. Its depiction of the transformative power of Jesus’ call to Matthew, from a life of corruption and greed to a life of spiritual fulfillment, continues to resonate with viewers today, making it a testament to the enduring power of art to inspire and move the human spirit.

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