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The Calling Of St. Matthew By Michelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio

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The Calling of St. Matthew is an oil painting on canvas done in the late 1500's at the very beginning of the Baroque period by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. He brings this canvas to life with vivid colors; bold contrasts of reds, golds, and greens and various textures of velvets and soft fur.
Caravaggio painted several paintings for this church in Rome, San Luigi dei Francesi. This painting tells the story from Matthew 9:9 in the New Testament when Matthew became a disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus asked Matthew to follow him and he did. When looking at the painting closely you can see that Jesus was in poor clothing and Matthew and the people at his table are in what appears to be ...view middle of the document...

This hand, like Adam's in Michelangelo's Creation, unifies the two parts formally and psychologically. Underlying the shallow stage-like space of the picture is a grid pattern of verticals and horizontals, which knit it together structurally. He also contrasts gestures and expressions.
The lighting in this painting affects the work in a supplementary way. This picture hangs under a window in the Contarini Chapel, and depending on the time of day, the painting does exactly what Caravaggio’s light does within it. It entails a movement between darkness and lightness. The visible window in the top of the painting is covered with oil skin, most likely to provide diffused light when the artist was working on the piece.
We believe Caravaggio’s purpose of this work was to show the moment at which Jesus Christ inspired Matthew to follow him, through the use of symbolism using his techniques showing effects in the light and darkness contrast as a communication tool.
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