The Holy Father and Caravaggio's "Calling of St. Matthew"

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Caravaggio: "The Calling of St. Matthew"

For the release of the documentary Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood, Pope Francis was offered a copy of The Calling of St. Matthew, the original of which is in the church of St. Louis of the French.

Michelangelo Merisi – alias Caravaggio – has received many honors in this spring of 2018: on May 30, 2018, the Holy Father received in a private audience the producers of the documentary Caravaggio: The Soul and the Blood, whose three-day release a few weeks earlier had been most successful.

The creation of the documentary was made possible by a collaboration between the television group Sky and the press agency Vatican Media. It was warmly encouraged by Pope Francis, who makes no secret of his admiration for Caravaggio’s paintings.

By way of thanks, the team that created the movie gave the pope a very precise copy of the Calling of St. Matthew by a renowned workshop that makes exact reproductions of works of art. The sovereign pontiff particularly loves this painting and says he used to go often to contemplate it on his visits to Rome.

On June 4, 2018, the Saint Louis de France Cultural Center in Rome organized a round table on Sara Magister’s recent book, Caravaggio, The True Matthew – a work with 160 illustrations – that offers a detailed study of The Calling of St. Matthew.

The book’s preface by Antonio Paolucci gives an excellent description of the Italian painter’s masterpiece:

Christ enters in at the door. He enters in the dirty yellow light of the little street. This ray of dusty light is a metaphor of the divine light that touched the heart of the chosen one…