Mattia Preti was born on 24 February 1613 in Taverna, Calabria. He began his career in Rome and achieved his greatest fame in Naples. He settled in Malta in 1661 where he would remain until his death in Valletta in 1699. Preti’s work shows the influence of Caravaggio, Ribera, and Venetian High Renaissance masters like Tintoretto and Veronese.

Saint Paul the Hermit, c. 1662-4, oil on canvas, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1969.109

Pilate Washing His Hands, 1663, oil on canvas, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan and Bequest of Helena W. Charlton, by exchange, Gwynne Andrews, Marquand, Rogers, Victor Wilbour Memorial, and The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment Funds, and funds given or bequeathed by friends of the Museum, 1978

An Angel Blowing a Trumpet (recto)The Virgin and Child with Kneeling Saints (verso), ca. 1652, red chalk (recto), black chalk (verso), Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001.10 

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