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

The power of simplicity in this baroque masterpiece

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