Monday, March 4, 2013

St Matthew and the Angel

'St Matthew and the Angel'  Oil on Board  Patricia Kavanagh

My version of the famous painting by Caravaggio.  Need to do the angel yet!

"Matthew is portrayed in a remarkable pose - not as one would expect a devout evangelist to be depicted.  Caravaggio made an earlier version of the painting, but the commissioner refused it because of its lack of decorum.  The work was sadly lost in WW2.  It would seem as if the painter did not compromise his intentions however - this time the evangelist has dirty feet.  

This work, together with 'The Martyrdom of St Matthew' and 'The Calling of St Matthew' form what is known as The San Luigi dei Francesi - cycle."

I was very fortunate to get to see the paintings 'in the flesh' a couple of years ago.  When its completed, I plan to give the painting to my son Matthew.

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