Interchangeably, bankers, financial industry in general and Wall Street in particular never fail to take one of the first 5 places on the podium of most hated “entities” in the opinion of a wide cross-section of the U.S. population. Nearly 3 years since Occupy Wall Street first encamped just feet away from Wall Street, for many people the OWS slogan “Shit’s Fucked Up And Bullshit” still rings true.
But this post is not about banks too big to fail or the unimplemented Dodd-Frank regulations. It’s about sentiment toward moneylenders, bankers, tax collectors that seem to be as constant as love and death, as expressed and masterfully depicted in art of days bygone.
And, of course, the redemptive calling of St. Matthew.
The painting depicts the story from the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 9:9): “Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his seat in the custom house, and said to him, “Follow me”, and Matthew rose and followed Him.” Caravaggio depicts Matthew the tax collector sitting at a table with four other men. Jesus Christ and Saint Peter have entered the room, and Jesus is pointing at Matthew. A beam of light illuminates the faces of the men at the table who are looking at Christ. (Wikipedia)
Where are the great masters of the past to breath life onto the canvas and preserve for posterity these distinguished faces: