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Calling of St. Matthew (Vocazione di san Matteo)

Caravaggio’s remarkable Calling of St. Matthew, painted between 1599-1600 and a masterpiece of the chiaroscuro technique, was the artist’s first major church commission and his first painting portraying so many figures. Painting at the same time as, and hanging opposite The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew in San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome, this brooding, shady narrative is a dramatic reproduction of the scene in the Bible in which Jesus converts Matthew to the faith. The convert’s own Gospel states: ‘As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.’ Formerly a tax-gatherer, Matthew is seen in what appears to be a grimy tavern, counting his money with his cohorts, and lit from above by a single shaft of light emanating from behind Jesus. The Halo over the Christ is a beacon of light in a squalid scene, as his limp hand moves into an accusatory gesture towards the shocked Matthew. Beside Matthew two money counters are so engrossed in their task that they miss the opportunity to be redeemed.

The dramatic plateau of Caravaggio’s masterwork is achieved by suspending the moment between a number of different eventualities. The armed man with his back to the viewer is being persuaded to sit by Saint Peter, as each figure reacts to the intrusion. By freezing the moment in an instant of surprise, Caravaggio displaces the figure of Matthew into the position of the viewer, who is left to decide their response to the calling. Yet, if one looks closely in the bottom right of the frame Christ’s feet has been depicted as already in a sharp turn towards the door. He knows the man will follow him.

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Calling of St. Matthew (Vocazione di san Matteo) Caravaggio

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