St. Matthew and the Angel

St. Matthew and the Angel by Unidentified artist

What would you choose as your personal symbol?

In this work by an unknown artist, Saint Matthew is shown seated on a rock, writing his gospel in the presence of an angel. Traditionally, each of the four Gospel writers is associated with a symbol: Saint Mark, a winged lion; Saint Luke, a winged ox; Saint John, an eagle; and Saint Matthew, an angel, which became his traditional symbol because the first story in his gospel describes how Saint Joseph saw an angel in a dream. In the New Testament of the Bible, Matthew 18:10 is also sometimes interpreted as evidence of guardian angels.

Oil on panel

Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chysler Garbisch

Item ID
21 x 15 3/4 in. (53.3 x 40 cm)
ca. 1830
Artist name
Unidentified artist
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