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Title: Mattia Preti : architetto della Sacra Religione di Malta
Authors: De Lucca, Denis
Keywords: Preti, Mattia, 1613-1699
Architecture, Baroque -- Malta
Architecture -- Malta -- History -- 17th century
Architecture, Baroque -- Malta -- History -- Sources
Preti, Mattia, 1613-1699 -- Congresses
Church architecture -- Malta
Fortification -- Malta -- History
St John’s Co-Cathedral (Valletta, Malta)
Church of the Immaculate Conception, Sarria (Floriana, Malta)
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: University of Malta. International Institute for Baroque Studies
Citation: De Lucca, D. (2017). Mattia Preti - Architetto della Sacra Religione di Malta. Journal of Baroque Studies, 2(1), 7-21
Abstract: Mattia Preti was primarily known to the Catholic world of the seventeenth century as a prolific painter and, since 1700, much ink has been spilled concerning his rich legacy of paintings in Rome, Naples, Malta and elsewhere, remarkable for the sophistications of their composition and execution and for their potential of admirably adorning sacred and profane interiors in true baroque style. By contrast very little ink has been spilled and still less research work has been carried out, concerning what I consider to be Mattia Preti’s praiseworthy architectural skills, particularly evident during the 1660-1699 period when he was serving the Religion of Malta. One notable exception was a contribution by the twentieth-century art historian, Chev. Vincenzo Bonello who was the first person who was brave enough to contribute a brief but concise article entitled Mattia Preti, Architetto to the proceedings of the XV congresso di storia dell’architettura, held in Malta in September 1967 and published in Rome in 1970. In this paper, I shall attempt to highlight some references to Mattia Preti’s architectural formation and post-1660 activity as an architect by focusing on what is revealed in at least four quasi-contemporary printed sources, before discussing some case-studies of his architectural activity in Malta.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/20186
Appears in Collections:JBS, Volume 2, No. 1 (2017)
JBS, Volume 2, No. 1 (2017)
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