CARAVAGGIO
(b. 1571, Caravaggio, d. 1610, Porto Ercole)

The Martyrdom of St Matthew (detail)

1599-1600
Oil on canvas, width of detail: 90 cm
Contarelli Chapel, San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome

A boy who acts as altar-boy to the old man, whose service has been interrupted, flees screaming to the right. He is one of those expressive studies of emotion which, like the Medusa in Florence, have contributed greatly to Caravaggio's renown.