Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem & Jan Baptist Weenix

The Calling of St Matthew

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Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem & Jan Baptist Weenix
The Calling of St Matthew

1657 On view in Room 12

The biblical story of the calling of St. Matthew is taking place in a southern port. Jesus is standing at the top of the steps and pointing to Matthew, calling him to become his disciple. Matthew is shrinking back in fright.

The book on Matthew’s lap contains the names of the makers of the painting: Berchem and Weenix. Weenix probably composed the scene, and Berchem would have painted the group around Jesus. The fact that two renowned artists worked together on this painting made it a sought-after collectors’ item.

Technical details

Self-portrait

In among all the figures, there is one who looks directly out at us: the man with long hair and a red cloak. His face looks much like that of Nicolaes Berchem – presumably this is a self-portrait. Does this mean that Weenix also included his portrait somewhere? We don’t know – until now we have been unable to identify him.

Berchem En Weenix De Roeping Van Mattheus Detail Second Canvas

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Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem & Jan Baptist Weenix
The Calling of St Matthew

1657 On view in Room 12

Acquired with the support of the Rembrandt Association, 1979
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General information
Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem (Haarlem 1621/1622 - 1683 Amsterdam) and Jan Baptist Weenix (Amsterdam 1621 - 1659/1661 De Haar)
The Calling of St Matthew
1657
painting
1058
Room 12
Material and technical details
oil
panel
120.8 x 98.2 cm
Inscriptions
op het opengeslagen boek: Berchem gemaeck[t]/ Weenix [ge]daen

Provenance

Lambert van Hairen, Dordrecht, 1718; Van Lill Collection, Dordrecht, 1743; Willem Lormier, The Hague, 1743; Hendrik Muilman, Amsterdam, 1810-1813; Monsieur le Chevalier Francottay; his sale, Paris, 20 February 1816, lot 28, withdrawn; Gérard Tournier, Paris; his sale, Paris, 8 December 1977, lot 18; Robert Noortman Gallery, Maastricht; purchased with the support of the Rembrandt Association, 1979