Calling of St. Matthew (Vocazione di san Matteo)

Calling of St. Matthew (Vocazione di san Matteo)


Caravaggio's "Calling of St. Matthew" (Vocazione di San Matteo) is a profound and influential masterpiece of Baroque art, created by the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio in 1599–1600. The painting depicts the moment when Jesus Christ calls Matthew, a tax collector, to become one of his apostles. Caravaggio's innovative use of light and shadow, known as chiaroscuro, creates a sense of drama and intensity, drawing the viewer into the scene and emphasizing the divine intervention.

Caravaggio's realistic portrayal of the biblical event and his ability to capture human emotions have made this artwork a timeless and iconic piece in art history. The artist's skillful composition and attention to detail, such as the gestures and expressions of the figures, convey a powerful narrative that continues to captivate audiences and inspire artists centuries after its creation. "Calling of St. Matthew" stands as a testament to Caravaggio's mastery of light, storytelling, and artistic innovation, solidifying his legacy as one of the most influential painters of the Baroque era.

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