"seated, like Matthew, at the receipt of custom"
The Calling of Matthew (1502)
Public DomainThe Calling of Matthew (1502) - Credit: Vittore Carpaccio

According to the Bible, Matthew is one of the Twelve Disciples whom Jesus selects to spread his message. When Jesus calls Matthew to join him, he is employed as a tax-collector in Galilee: “And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9

Matthew, one of the Four Evangelists, is held to have authored the first of the Synoptic Gospels in the New Testament. Several versions are available here.

The Calling of St. Matthew
Public DomainThe Calling of St. Matthew - Credit: Hendrick ter Brugghen