St. Matthew and the Angel (Master Theodoric)

St. Matthew and the Angel (Master Theodoric)

Artist Master Theodoric

Date 1360-65

Movement International Gothic

Dimensions 45.25 x 37”

Housed at National Gallery, Prague


This panel would have adorned the palace chapel of Emperor Charles IV in Prague—his own version of Louis IX’s Sainte-Chapelle. As with other works of the time, the figures are intensely naturalistic, and yet have been treated with a delicate softness. St. Matthew’s medieval symbol, an angel, whispers divine inspiration into his ear from Heaven.