How to Read Paintings: The Inspiration of St Matthew by Caravaggio

The power of simplicity in this baroque masterpiece

The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (1602) by Caravaggio. Oil on canvas. Contarelli Chapel, Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome. Source Wikimedia Commons
Detail of ‘The Inspiration of Saint Matthew’ (1602) by Caravaggio. Oil on canvas. Contarelli Chapel, Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome. Source Wikimedia Commons
Detail of ‘The Inspiration of Saint Matthew’ (1602) by Caravaggio. Oil on canvas. Contarelli Chapel, Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome.
The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (1602) by Caravaggio. Oil on canvas. Contarelli Chapel, Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome. Source Wikimedia Commons
The Inspiration of Saint Matthew (1602) by Caravaggio in situ at the Contarelli Chapel, Church of San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome. Photo by the author

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