Near the Piazza Navona, and not far from the Giolitti gelateria, is this church, the national church of the French (Francesi) in Rome. Inside are chapels filled with fine paintings. The most famous are by Caravaggio, the stormy personality who had new ideas about conveying the drama of religious subjects. He often used spotlighting to emphasize the stories, and painted figures who looked like real people rather than versions of ancient Roman statues. He shows the Calling by Jesus of St. Matthew in a basement where Matthew has been hanging out with his disreputable buddies, by illuminating the hand of Jesus calling and by Matthew's hand that seems to be saying "Are you calling ME?" But do not neglect the paintings in other chapels, such as those by Domenichino and others.
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