With this study of Caravaggio’s “Call of St. Matthew”, a huge painting with 7 subjects to choose from, I was drawn first to this small boy who gazes at Jesus as he walks through the door of the tax collection house and calls Matthew to be his disciple.
The kid is bathed in the light pouring in behind Jesus, a symbol that Jesus is the Light of the World. Caravaggio likely was showing the heart of the youth being able and willing to search out God, unlike the other tax collectors who are absorbed in counting their money.
Caravaggio also placed all the tax collectors in the 15th century garb of his time, while Jesus and Peter are clothed in the classical garb of the 1st century.
This alla prima study is part of my training arc for painting the Litany of Loretto Marian series, which I’ve begun to develop on my Patreon! You can find out more about it here.
No prints will be made of the master copy studies.