Saint Matthew and the Angel

Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 608

Saint Matthew shares a spellbound gaze with an angel who inspires him to write his gospel. Behind are two 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 described by the biographer Giorgio Vasari as “nocturnes, with fires,” which Savoldo painted around 1534 for the head of the Milanese mint.

Saint Matthew and the Angel, Giovanni Gerolamo Savoldo (Italian, Brescia 1480/85–after 1548), Oil on canvas

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