(b. ca. 1490, Reymerswale, d. ca. 1567, Reymerswale)

The Calling of Matthew

Oil on panel, 117,2 x 135,2 cm
Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent

Marinus van Reymerswaele painted several replicas of the Calling of Matthew. The first version is now in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, while the Ghent version is dated 17 May 1536 (on the scroll behind Matthew). The theme of the work is religious, but the focus on the profusion of objects looks forward to the realism of secular painting in the second half of the 16th century.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 8 minutes):
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244 (excerpts)