Saint Matthew and the Angel
Creator: Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da, 1573-1610
Date: ca. 1602
Date destroyed or lost: 1945
Medium: oil on canvas
Object dimensions: 223 x 183 cm
Former repository: Gemäldegalerie (Berlin, Germany)
Former inventory number: Inv. Nr. 365
Circumstances of destruction or loss: One of around 417 works of art from the Kaiser Friedrich Museum deposited in the Friedrichshain flak tower, or Flakturm, for safekeeping. The painting is presumed to have been destroyed when the tower was burned in May of 1945.
Notes: Painted for the Contarelli Chapel in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome. It was deemed unacceptable for the chapel, and Caravaggio's biographer, Giovanni Bellori relates that "...the priests took it down, saying that the figure with its legs crossed and its feet rudely exposed to the public had neither the decorum nor the appearance of a saint."
Photo description: unsourced clipping
Source: Library Collection of Study Photographs and Clippings, ca. 1930-2000, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute Records, 225 South Street, Williamstown MA, 01267
Collection Lost Art