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The Apostle Matthew

Artist: Adrien Collaert (active ca. 1560 - 1618)
Artist: Maerten de Vos (active 1532 - 1603) After
Date: 1590
16th century
Dimensions: 11.42 x 16.54 in. (29 x 42 cm)
Dimensions Extent: overall
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Europe, Netherlands (Dutch)
Medium and Support: Engraving on paper
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 2016
Accession Number: 2016.12.01
This work is not currently on view

This large print formed part of a series depicting Christ and the twelve Apostles. Saint Matthew reads from a book head in his right hand, while he holds a carpenter’s square in his left. In the background, a group of armed men assaults a man lying on the ground before a round temple that contains a pagan statue; this may refer to the legend of Matthew’s martyrdom in Ethiopia.

The print is inscribed at the lower left “Martin de Vos inven[it], and in the center “Adria Collaert sculp[sit],” identifying de Vos as the designer and Collaert as the engraver. Below the border of the image appears “S. MATHEUS / CARNIS RESURREC / TIONEM.”


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