Saint Matthew and the Angel

Artist: Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo (Italian, Brescia 1480/85–after 1548)

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 36 3/4 x 49 in. (93.4 x 124.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Marquand Fund, 1912

Accession Number: 12.14


Saint Matthew is shown writing his gospel, inspired by the angel who is his traditional symbol. Behind are two further scenes from the saint’s life: on the right he receives hospitality at the court of the Queen of Ethiopia, while the event on the left is less clear. The various sources of light in the painting suggest that this was one of the works that Savoldo painted around 1534 for the house of the Mint Master in Milan, described by the biographer Vasari as "nocturnes, with fires."