Peter Paul Rubens 1577 – 1640

St Matthew

oil on panel (107 × 82 cm) — c. 1611 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

Peter Paul Rubens biography

This work is linked to Matthew 1:1

Around 1612 Rubens made a series of portraits of the apostles, in commission of the duke of Lerma. Matthew is shown holding a weapon. The weapon refers to the martyrdom which the catholic church says he suffered.

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