This site uses cookies to provide a better experience. Continuing navigation accept the use of cookies by us OK

ART | CARAVAGGIO AND SAN MATTEO: FROM SHADOW TO LIGHT The story and meaning of the masterpieces at San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome

Date:

02/20/2020


ART | CARAVAGGIO AND SAN MATTEO: FROM SHADOW TO LIGHT The story and meaning of the masterpieces at San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome

According to the gospels, Matthew is a despicable publican. Jesus calls him. Matthew follows him and become an apostle, an evangelist and a martyr.

Sixteen centuries after, Caravaggio immortalized and interpreted in a timeless manner the story of Matthew in a painting in the Church of S. Luigi dei Francesi. The painting depicts Christ breaking into a 16th century usurer’s hovel where Matthew is in the company of other four men. A beam of light illuminates the faces of the men at the table. Who is the sinner Jesus wants? Is the man who turns around upset? Or the boy bent over the money?

The “true” Matteo is captured by Caravaggio while facing an inner turmoil. In the crucial choice between good and evil, each man, in any era, can see a reflection of themselves.

All these aspects will be illustrated by Sara Magister during her conference at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Sara Magister has a PhD in classical antiquities and history of modern art. She has published many articles and a monography for the Accademia dei Lincei regarding the Renaissance collecting, while recently focusing her attention on Caravaggio. Her volume “Caravaggio. Il vero Matteo” has been given the national award “Città Cristologica 2018”.

The talk is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Valletta in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History of the University of Malta.

The conference will be in Italian.

Free admission. RSVP: segreteria.iiclavalletta@esteri.it 

Information

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time: At 6:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura | La Valletta

Entrance : Free


Location:

Istituto Italiano di Cultura | La Valletta

1252