The Calling of Saint Matthew
Charles Wautier (fl.1652-c.1685)
Oil painting on canvas, The Calling of Saint Matthew by Charles Wautier (fl.1652-c.1685), signed top right. C. WOUTIER FECIT. An interior scene, showing an older, bearded man holding a set of scales, with ayounger man in a red cloak to his left. Jesus, wearing a blue robe is on the right of the scene. The men are arranged around a clothed table upon which is spread various coins, an ink stand and a ledger. An older woman is in the background watching Christ. Curiously little is known about Carel Wautier, whose names are spelled in a variety of different ways, despite the fact that his portraits were engraved by engravers of the calibre of Peeter der Jode and Paulus Pontius. His subject-paintings suggest a pupil of Gerard Seghers, 1591-1651, who was married to a Catharina Wouters - rather than one of Rubens. He may have been a relative of the flower-painter from Mons, Michaelina or Magdalena Woutiers, active c1643-c1652. Another version of this picture is in the Musee des Augustins, Toulouse.
On loan from a private collection
Marks and inscriptions
Signed top right C. WAUTIER FECIT
Makers and roles
Charles Wautier (fl.1652-c.1685), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Theodoor Rombouts (Antwerp 1579 – Antwerp 1637), artist