Caravaggio
The Inspiration of St. Matthew

1602
Oil on canvas
Church of San Luigi dei Francesi

The angel is the symbol that represents St. Matthew and his Gospel whenever the four evangelists are figured together, but in this case the artist uses the angel for a meditation on the inspiration that guided the saint in his writing.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.