The Calling of Matthew

Artist: Workshop of Jan Sanders van Hemessen (Netherlandish, active by ca. 1524–died ca. 1564)

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 43 7/8 x 59 1/2 in. (111.4 x 151.1 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, 1871

Accession Number: 71.155


Van Hemessen executed several versions of this painting, which illustrates the moment Matthew turned from tax collecting to following Christ as an apostle. Van Hemessen was among the earliest Netherlandish artists to exploit the genre character of biblical subjects, and the exaggerated poses of these Italianate figures are typical of his work.