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The Calling of Saint Matthew (1600)
Completed in 1600 after a commission by the Contarelli Chapel in the church of St. Louis of France in Rome, this moving painting depicts the moment in which St. Matthew hears the call from Jesus as told in (Matthew 9:9): "Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his seat in the custom house, and said to him, 'Follow me,', and Matthew rose and followed Him." The ray of light illuminating the people sitting at the table with Matthew is a classic example of the masterful use of light by Caravaggio.
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