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El Greco - Apostle St. Matthew(1610-1614)

El Greco - Apostle St. Matthew(1610-1614)
Oil on canvas, 97x77 cm
Museo de El Greco,Toledo

Apostle and traditionally the author of the first gospel. He was a taxgatherer of Capernaum who, as he sat at the custom-house, was called by Christ to follow him. As one of the evangelists his attribute is a winged person resembling an angel, one of the 'apocalyptic beasts'. It may be seen dictating as Matthew writes. He has book, pen and inkhorn, the attributes of the writer. As an apostle he holds a purse, a reminder of his previous occupation. According to legend he was martyred by beheading and may therefore have an axe or halberd. Among Matthew's several inscriptions are 'Sanctam ecclesiam catholicam; sanctorum communionem' - 'The Holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints', from the Apostles' Creed; 'Primum querite regnum dei' - 'Set your mind on God's kingdom before everything else' (Matt. 6:33); 'Liber generationis Jesu Christi' - 'A table of the descent of Jesus Christ' (Matt. 1:1).


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 Jacques
Jacques club
We have been in Toledo but alas did not visit the museum, a great miss! Jacques
10 years ago.
 Evangrek63
Evangrek63 club
Yes I think you should have visited it..!
10 years ago.

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