The Calling of Saint Matthew (1599–1600). Contarelli Chapel, San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome. The beam of light, which enters the picture from the direction of a real window, expresses in the blink of an eye the conversion of St Matthew, the hinge on which his destiny will turn, with no flying angels, parting clouds or other artifacts.
Artist: Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi) (Italian, Milan or Caravaggio 1571–1610 Porto Ercole) Date: ca. 1610 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 37 x 49 3/8 in. (94 x 125.4 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: Gift of Herman and Lila Shickman, and Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997 Accession Number: 1997.167