The Calling of St. Matthew
oil on canvas, 127x135 in. (322x340 cm.)
Contarelli Chapel, Church of San Luigi Francesi
Like the "Martyrdom of St. Matthew" on
the opposite wall of the chapel, this painting gives us the long pause
of refusal that often precedes submission to the will of God.
Young Matthew is richly dressed and has a pile of money in hand.
Christ and St. Peter have simple garments and bare feet. The
young man thinks long and hard.
More of St. Matthew
Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke