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All Mattia Preti 's Paintings
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ID Image  Painting (From A to Z)       Details 
A Mother Entrusting Her Sons to Christ,, Mattia Preti
 A Mother Entrusting Her Sons to Christ,   Mattia Preti, A Mother Entrusting Her Sons to Christ, - Oil on canvas, 143 x 193 cm Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Concert, Mattia Preti
 Concert   mk159 1630s Oil on canvas 110x147cm
Concert, Mattia Preti
 Concert   1630s Oil on canvas, 110 x 147 cm cjr
Concert, Mattia Preti
 Concert   1630s Oil on canvas, 110 x 147 cm cyf
Cosimo II half, Mattia Preti
 Cosimo II half   mk261 Florence in 1621 spotted the rock statue 82.5 x 64.5 cm
Mattia Preti the guest meal Abschaloms, Mattia Preti
 Mattia Preti the guest meal Abschaloms   mk186 around 1657 Napleses Museo di Capodimonte
Pilate Washing his Hands, Mattia Preti
 Pilate Washing his Hands   1663 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Queen Tomyris Receiving the Head of Cyrus King of Persia, Mattia Preti
 Queen Tomyris Receiving the Head of Cyrus King of Persia   Date 1670-1672 Medium Oil on canvas Dimensions 181 x 129 cm cyf
The guest meal Abschaloms, Mattia Preti
 The guest meal Abschaloms   mk186 around 1657 Napleses Museo di Capodimonte
The Marriage at Cana, Mattia Preti
 The Marriage at Cana   mk170 1655-1660 Oil on canvas 203.2x226cm
Wedding at Cana, Mattia Preti
 Wedding at Cana   Date c. 1655 Medium Oil on canvas Dimensions 203 x 226 cm

Mattia Preti
1613-1699 Italian Mattia Preti Gallery Born in the small town of Taverna in Calabria, Preti was sometimes called Il Cavalier Calabrese (the Knight of Calabria). His early apprenticeship is said to have been with the "Caravaggist" Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, which may account for his life-long interest in the style of Caravaggio. Probably before 1630, Preti joined his brother Gregorio (also a painter), in Rome, where he became familiar with the techniques of Caravaggio and his school as well as with the work of Guercino, Rubens, Reni, Giovanni Lanfranco. In Rome, he painted fresco cycles in Sant'Andrea della Valle and San Carlo ai Catinari. Between 1644 and 1646, he may have spent time in Venice, but remained based in Rome until 1653, returning later in 1660-61. He painted frescoes for the church of San Biago at Modena (app. 1651-2) and participated in the fresco decoration of the Palazzo Pamphilj in Valmontone (documented 1660-61), where he worked along with Pier Francesco Mola, Gaspar Dughet, Francesco Cozza, Giovanni Battista Tassi (il Cortonese), and Guglielmo Cortese. Jacob blessing his grandchildren, Ephraim and Manasseh, in the presence Joseph and their mother Asenath. Whitfield Fine Art Gallery, London.During most of 1653-1660, he worked in Naples, where he was influenced by the other major Neapolitan painter of his era, Luca Giordano. One of Preti's masterpieces were a series of large frescoes, ex-votos of the plague (which were painted on seven city gates but have since been lost to the ravages of time), depicting the Virgin or saints delivering people from the plague. Two sketches are in the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. The bozzetto of the Virgin with the baby Jesus looming over the dying and their burial parties envisions a Last Judgement presided over by a woman. Preti's salary for the work was 1500 ducats. Preti also won a commission to supervise the construction, carving, and gilding for the nave and transept of San Pietro a Maiella. Having been made a Knight of Grace in the Order of St John, he visited the order??s headquarters in Malta in 1659 and spent most of the remainder of his life there. Preti transformed the interior of St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, with a huge series of paintings on the life and martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (1661-1666). In Malta one also can find many paintings of Preti in private collections and in parish churches. His increased reputation led to an expanded circle of patrons, and he received commissions from all over Europe. Preti was fortunate to enjoy a long career and have a considerable artistic output. His paintings, representative of the exuberant late Baroque style, are held by many great museums, including important collections in Naples, Valletta, and in his hometown of Taverna.

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