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Title: The identity of Caravaggio's 'Knight of Malta'
Authors: Gash, John
Keywords: Caravaggio, Michelangelo Merisi da, 1573-1610. Portrait of Fra Antonio Martelli -- Criticism and interpretation
Knights of Malta -- Malta -- History -- 17th century
Martelli, Antonio
Order of St John -- Malta -- History -- 17th century
Knights of Malta -- In art
Order of St John -- In art
Issue Date: 1997-03
Publisher: The Burlington Magazine
Citation: Gash, J. (1997). The identity of Caravaggio's 'Knight of Malta'. The Burlington Magazine, 139(1128), 156-160.
Abstract: Mina Gregoris inspired attribution of the Palazzo Pitti's portrait of a Knight of Malta (Figs. l and 4) to Caravaggio in 1966 has borne fruit in a widespread, if not quite universal, acceptance of it as a masterpiece of the artist's last years. ' But whether it was executed in Malta during Caravaggio's protracted sojourn there from 12th/14th July 1607 to September/October 1608, or in Sicily or Naples (where the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem had priories and commanderies) or at another date during his last four zuanderfahre, has not been clear. Technical and colouristic parallels point most forcefully towards Malta or the immediately following year in Sicily, but this does not exclude the possibility that it was painted during one of the two enveloping Neapolitan phases (1606-07 and 1609-10).
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/16029
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