Russian icon of the Apostle Saint Matthew, XIX century, height – 53 cm.

The apostle Matthew was one of the 12 apostles whom Christ himself chose from among His disciples. He was among those apostles who witnessed with their own eyes how their beloved Teacher suffered on the cross, the Resurrection and the Ascension to heaven. Matthew wrote the first Gospel, from which people could learn about the earthly life and teachings of the Savior. His gospel shows Christ as the promised Messiah, unrecognized and crucified.