RENI, Guido
(b. 1575, Calvenzano, d. 1642, Bologna)

St Matthew and the Angel

Oil on canvas, 85 x 68 cm
Pinacoteca, Vatican

Guido Reni repeated the theme of the apostles and evangelists several times. There are in existence two copies of the evangelist series in Rome and Naples. The St Matthew belonging to the Vatican Picture Gallery is very similar in typology to those of the two series, it could be part of yet another lost series.

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