Thursday, March 6, 2008
The Calling of St. Matthew- by Caravaggio
An extraordinary use of light by the master Caravaggio. Jesus (far right) is calling the tax collector Levi. Which one is he? Here's a clue; he is seated at table. Their hands are reminiscent of Michelangelo's painting of the Creation of Adam at the Sistine Chapel. Peter stands beside Jesus. The use of light on their faces it what makes this painting genuinely remarkable.