Caravaggio 1573 – 1610

The Conversion of St Paul [1]

oil on panel (237 × 189 cm) — ca. 1601
private collection

Caravaggio biography

This work is linked to Acts 9:4

One of two known paintings by Caravaggio on the subject of the conversion of St Paul (or Saul). This panel is in the Odescalchi Balbi Collection in Rome. The other also dates from c. 1601.

Saul was on his way to Damascus, to destroy the Christian community in that city. He was struck by a flash of light, and heard the words "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

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