Caravaggio: The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (Italian: San

Caravaggio: The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (Italian: San

5/11/2021, 9:51:42 AM
Caravaggio: The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (Italian: San Matteo e angelo), 1602, Oil on canvas, 292 cm × 186 cm (115 in × 73 in), San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome #Caravaggio #Rome #baroque #Inspirationofsaitmattew #Art #Paintings #Painters #Arthistory #Italian #pittore #pittura #pintor #pintura #peintre #peinture #Arte #artista #BaroqueArt #Maler #Malerei #oilpainting #artgallery #masterpiece #masters #ItalianArt The Inspiration of Saint Matthew was commissioned by the French Cardinal Matteo Contarelli. The canvas hangs in Contarelli chapel altar in the church of the French congregation San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome, Italy. It is one of the three Caravaggio canvases in the chapel: hanging between the larger earlier canvases of The Martyrdom of Saint Matthew, and The Calling of Saint Matthew. This was not an easy commission for Caravaggio, and at least two of the three paintings had to be either replaced or repainted to satisfy his patron, the Cardinal Del Monte. This is the second version of 'The Inspiration of Saint Matthew', painted by Caravaggio after the first one (previous post) had been rejected. It keeps the theme, with a few changes in rendering. In the work featured on the altar, the angel belongs to an aerial and sublime dimension, enveloped in an encircling rippled sheet. Matthew looks more like the other two Matthews in the altar. The Saint is sober and in control in the presence of the angel. Instead of being fully controlled by the angel, he is only encouraged by the angel in the second one. The restless Matthew leans to work, as the angel enumerates for him the work to come. All is darkness but for the two large figures. He appears to have rushed to his desk, his stool teetering into our space.

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