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.
Real Oil Paints, Real Brushes, Real Artists, Real Art. The Certificate of Authenticity which arrives with every painting provides an assurance and verifies the authenticity of the hand painted fine art reproduction you purchased. Each oil painting is created by hand using only the finest canvas and oil paints available.
Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Calling of St. Matthew (Vocazione di san Matteo), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Calling of St. Matthew (Vocazione di san Matteo) that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Once the painting is ready and dry enough to ship, we will roll it and ship it in a sturdy cardboard tube.
We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days. The total delivery time from the moment you place your order until the package is delivered to your door is normally between three to four weeks.
If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery.
When you receive the painting; you are free to return it for more revisions or else for a full refund minus our actual shipping cost -- which is, on average, $25 per painting.
1st Art Gallery provides a full warranty covering manufacturing and material defects for paintings purchased from our website. The warranty covers damage for normal use. Damage caused by incidents such as accidents or inappropriate use are not covered.
Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.