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The Conversion of St. Matthew (oil on canvas)

The Conversion of St. Matthew (oil on canvas)


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The Conversion of St. Matthew (oil on canvas)

XIR231507 The Conversion of St. Matthew (oil on canvas) by Tornioli, Niccolo (1598-1651/2); 217x329 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France; Italian, out of copyright

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Calling Disciple Peter Tax Collector Apostle Saint Mathieu Taxman


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In this oil on canvas painting titled "The Conversion of St. Matthew" artist Niccolo Tornioli transports us back in time to witness a pivotal moment in Christian history. The grand scale of the artwork, measuring 217x329 cm, commands attention and draws viewers into its richly detailed composition. At the center of the scene stands St. Matthew, illuminated by a divine light that seems to emanate from Jesus Christ himself. With an expression of awe and wonderment, Matthew is depicted at the precise moment when he is called upon by Jesus to become one of his disciples. This conversion marks a turning point in Matthew's life as he leaves behind his role as a tax collector and embraces his new path with unwavering devotion. Surrounding them are other figures including Peter, another apostle who would go on to play a significant role in spreading Christianity. The tension between Matthew's former occupation as a taxman and his newfound spiritual calling is symbolized by the presence of coins scattered across the table before him. Tornioli's masterful use of color and light adds depth and drama to this profound encounter between man and divinity. Through this remarkable piece housed at Musee des Beaux-Arts in Rouen, France, we are reminded not only of St. Matthew's personal journey but also our own potential for transformation through faith.

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