Collection: Calling of St. Matthew

ARTIST: Museum Religious Art Classics


Artist: Giovanni Battista Caracciolo – c. 1625 – 1630

One of the outstanding figures of Neapolitan painting, Caracciolo was deeply influenced by Caravaggio, who worked in Naples in 1606–7 and again in 1610. The artist shows the moment when Jesus asks Matthew, an avaricious tax collector, to renounce his worldly possessions and follow Him (Matthew 9:9). Jesus’s gaze and outward gesture present the viewer with the same quandary as Matthew's: whether to embrace Christ’s invitation or the money bag at the edge of the canvas.

His feast day is September 21.