The Calling of Saint Matthew by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

Presented by the Art Fund in honour of Sir Brinsley Ford.


Pen & brown ink & brown wash over black chalk
48.5 x 38 cm
Art Fund grant:
£90,000 ( Total: £90,000)
Acquired in:

This scene depicts the moment when Jesus called Matthew to be his disciple. Matthew sits weighing the gold coins while Jesus and probably Peter stand before him bidding him to leave his work for a higher calling. One of Domenico's special effects is to highlight the central figures by leaving the paper bare on the areas of their robes so that they stand out as if enhance with bodycolour.


Luzarche Collection; anonymous sale, Paris, 1938; Michel-Levy Collection; by descent to Madame ALD; private collection, France; Agnew's.

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