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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571  1610)  The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew  Oil on canvas, c. 1603-1606  32 cm × 163 cm  Royal Collection Department, London, United Kingdom
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Title: The Calling
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571 1610)
The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew
Oil on canvas, c. 1603-1606
32 cm × 163 cm
Royal Collection Department, London, United Kingdom

The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew is a painting by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio. It takes its theme a passage in the Gospel of Matthew describing the moment when Christ called the two brothers Simon later known as Peter and Andrew, to be his disciples:

As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea - for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." Immediately, they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20

The painting shows a young, beardless Christ, leading the two much older-looking brothers. The more prominent of the brothers, presumably Simon, is holding a fish in his right hand. The edge of the canvas is rather damaged, but the central panel is in good condition. The presence of "incisions" into the ground of the canvas marking out St. Peter's ear and the eyes of Christ are typical of Caravaggio's technique. The painting appears to date the height of Caravaggio's Roman period, c. 1603-06.

The work was purchased by Charles I an avid art collector in 1637. Sold during the Commonwealth, it was re-acquired by Charles II after the Restoration. It has since remained in royal possession, and is today owned by Queen Elizabeth II. Kept in Hampton Court Palace, it was long believed to be a virtually worthless copy of a lost original, but after six years of restoration and examination the Royal Collection declared on 10 November 2006, that this was, in fact, an authentic Caravaggio. The verdict has been corroborated by external experts, and the painting is now probably worth more than £50 million. The Queen, however, may not sell paintings the Royal Collection as she holds the collection in trust for the nation.

After a 6 year cleaning project, it went on display as part of a small exhibition of Caravaggio paintings at the Termini Art Gallery in Rome's Termini Station 22 November - January 31, 2006. It will then move to an exhibition ( March 2007) of Italian Baroque and Renaissance art at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
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