Caravaggio - Calling of Saint Matthew 1600

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Caravaggio - Calling of Saint Matthew 1600

Calling of Saint Matthew 1600
343x323cm oil/canvas
San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome, Italy
The image is only being used for informational and educational purposes

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The Calling of Saint Matthew is a masterpiece by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, depicting the moment at which Jesus Christ inspires Matthew to follow him. It was completed in 1599–1600 for the Contarelli Chapel in the church of the French congregation, San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, where it remains today. It hangs alongside two other paintings of Matthew by Caravaggio, The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew (painted around the same time as the Calling) and The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (1602).

From Boston College:
Caravaggio represented the event as a nearly silent, dramatic narrative. The sequence of actions before and after this moment can be easily and convincingly re-created. The tax-gatherer Levi (Saint Matthew's name before he became the apostle), seated at a table with his four assistants, counting the day's proceeds. Christ, His eyes veiled, with His halo the only hint of divinity, enters with Saint Peter. A gesture of His right hand, all the more powerful and compelling because of its languor, summons Levi. Surprised Levi draws back and gestures toward himself with his left hand as if to say, "Who, me?"