The Calling of Saint Matthew (Vocation de Saint Mathieu)
Jesus further shows his acceptance of those rejected by society by inviting Matthew—a publican, or toll collector—into his ministry, as he passes his booth. Not only were these tax collectors considered unscrupulous, but they were also particularly loathed by devout Jews for their status as representatives of the ruling Romans. Tissot has included camels and the hint of a wide-arched gate to underscore Matthew’s location at a geographical (and perhaps, spiritual) crossroads, as well as adding an Eastern flourish.
After Christ calls Matthew to his teachings, he takes a meal in the home of his new disciple, an act that occasions the suspicion of devout passersby. In answer to questions of his motives, Jesus merely replies that, like a physician, he heals the sick, not the healthy.
This text refers to these objects: ' 00.159.94; 00.159.91
- Portfolio/Series: The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ (La Vie de Notre-Seigneur Jésus-Christ)
- Artist: James Tissot, French, 1836-1902
- Medium: Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1886-1896
- Dimensions: Image: 10 1/4 x 6 5/8 in. (26 x 16.8 cm) Sheet: 10 1/4 x 6 5/8 in. (26 x 16.8 cm) Frame: 20 x 15 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 38.1 x 3.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed bottom left: "J.J. Tissot"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 00.159.91
- Credit Line: Purchased by public subscription
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: James Tissot (French, 1836-1902). The Calling of Saint Matthew (Vocation de Saint Mathieu), 1886-1896. Opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper, Image: 10 1/4 x 6 5/8 in. (26 x 16.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by public subscription, 00.159.91
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)