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Title: Mattia Preti's 'The allegory of the triumph of the Order"
Authors: de Giorgio, Cynthia
Keywords: Preti, Mattia, 1613-1699. Allegory of the Trumph of the Order of St John -- History and criticism
Preti, Mattia, 1613-1699. Allegory of the Trumph of the Order of St John -- Conservation and restoration
St John’s Co-Cathedral (Valletta, Malta)
Malta -- History -- Knights of Malta, 1530-1798
Mural painting and decoration -- Malta -- History -- 17th century
Mural painting and decoration -- Conservation and restoration -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti
Citation: De Giorgio, C. (2013). Mattia Preti's 'The allegory of the triumph of the Order". Treasures of Malta, 57, 56-65
Abstract: The Allegory of the Triumph of the Order of St John painted by Mattia Preti on the interior wall of St John’s Co-Cathedral has been restored on the initiative of The St John’s Co- Cathedral Foundation to mark the fourth centenary of Mattia Preti’s birth. It forms part of the impressive vault cycle that narrates 'The Life of St John the Baptist'. The cycle was painted between 1661 and 1666 during the magistry of the brothers and Grand Masters, Raphael and Nicholas Cotoner. It was to be the major artistic achievement of Preti’s career. Within the six bays of the vault he fitted eighteen episodes from the life of the Baptist. It was the ultimate major step taken in transforming the church into an expression of baroque exuberance.
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