The Apostle Matthew

The Apostle Matthew is a c.1618-1620 painting of Matthew the Apostle by the Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck. One of its inspirations was probably the series of paintings of the apostles he had seen in his master Rubens' studio around 1610, produced for the Duke of Lerma.[1][2][3][4] The smooth brushwork is consistent with the painter's other works from first period in Antwerp.[1]

Anthony van Dyck - De apostel Mattheus - L'apotre Matthieu - Fonds Generet - Koning Boudewijnstichting - Fondation Roi Baudouin.jpg

Around 1914 it and a series of other paintings were acquired from an Italian private collection by the Dutch art dealer Julius Böhler - together the paintings were known as "the Böhler series" after him, though he sold them separately to various museums and private collections.[1][2][3][4][5]

In 2016 Matthew reappeared in the private collection of one Mrs Generet, along with a Self-Portrait by Jacob Jordaens. Both paintings were then donated to the Koning Boudewijnstichting, which put Matthew on long-term loan to the Rubenshuis in Antwerp as the only painting from Van Dyck's apostles series now in Belgium.[1][2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b c d (in Dutch) De apostel Mattheüs, op de website van het Erfgoedfonds van de Koning Boudewijnstichting
  2. ^ a b c (in Dutch) Rubenshuis krijgt Van Dyck en Jordaens bij, De Standaard, 18 January 2017
  3. ^ a b c (in Dutch) Rubenshuis krijgt er binnenkort een Van Dyck en Jordaens bij
  4. ^ a b c (in Dutch) Koning Boudewijnstichting toont 2 herontdekte schilderijen van Van Dyck en Jordaens op BRAFA, Koning Boudewijnstichting, 18 January 2017
  5. ^ a b (in Dutch) Brafa, pop-upmuseum met koop-optie, 20 January 2017