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Mattia Preti 1613 - 1699
Mattia Preti, also known as il Cavaliere Calabrese, was born in 1613 in Taverna in Calabria. Around 1630 he joined his brother Gregorio, also an artist, in Rome where he studied the techniques of Caravaggio and was influenced by the Baroque styles of Guercino, Guido Reni, Giovanni Lanfranco and Rubens. In 1641 he was he was made a Knight of Malta by Pope Urban VIII.
In around 1642 he was given the commission in San Carlo ai Catinari to fresco the walls above the entrance with scenes of the Charity of Saint Charles.
Then in 1650 he won the commission to fresco the main altarpiece in the apse of Sant'Andrea della Valle with three frescoes of the Martyrdom of Saint Andrew.
He was a favoured painter of the Pamphilj family who commissioned paintings that are now on display in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj.
In 1653 he moved to Naples and worked extensively there, then traveled to work in Malta eventually dying there in 1699.
Mattia Preti Art in Rome
Sant'Andrea della Valle
San Carlo ai Catinari
Cristo e la donna adultera
Galleria d'Arte Antica Palazzo Barberini
The Raising of Lazarus
Aenaes, Anchises and Ascanius fleeing Troy
Galleria Doria Pamphilj
The Tribute Money
Agar and Ismael
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