The Sermon of St John the Baptist including Preti’s self-portrait

The Sermon of St John the Baptist including Preti’s self-portrait


From May 4 to July 7 2013 – The Palace State Rooms – Valletta

Caravaggio was definitely damned. He never managed to have the recognition of the Order of Malta nor a peaceful death in his bed. One of his epigones did… That was Mattia Preti, a brilliant artist of Roman and Napolitan baroque. He was born in 1613 in Calabria and was a national glory in Malta where he died in 1699. Once he had the protection of the great master Martin de Redin, commissions poured in: his paintings adorn the chapel de la Langue d’Aragon, that of Castilla and Leon as well as in Saint John’s co-cathedral, where he left his greatest masterpiece, the frescoes in the vault. We can well understand that the exhibition organized for his fourth centenary at the palace of the Grand Masters, including loans from the Uffizi, the Prado, the Louvre, from Capodimonte or the museum of Taverna, his native town, must absolutely be accompanied by a visit to the island’s churches. We can see works by Preti at La Valette as well as at Vittoriosa, Rabat, Mdina, Sliema…(Art of the Day Weekly)