Mattia Preti: the young artist after Caravaggio in the Rome’s Nation Gallery in Palazzo Corsini, 28 Octber 2015 -18 Jenuary 2016.

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A programme of celebratory events is promoted by the Committee for the fourth centenary of the birth of Mattia Preti, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica in Palazzo Corsini will host for the first time in Rome an exhibition titled to the personality and works of this famous painter from Calabria, one of the greatest exponents of Italian art of the 17th century.

Designed by Vittorio Sgarbi and Giorgio Leone Director and curator of the exhibition, involved in the creation of this exhibition are also the Regional Secretary of MiBAC (Italian Minister for Culture and Art) for the Calabria region, directed by Salvatore Patamia, Regional Secretary of MiBAC for Lazio, and by Daniela Porro, financed by the Regione Calabria, the exhibition is open to the public from October 28th, 2015 to January 18th, 2016.

The intent is to make a clearer perspective in the artistic vicissitudes of the painter: his education in Rome after Caravaggio’s death.

Twenty-two works from prestigious Italian and European institutions allow to retrace the early career of the so called “Cavaliere Calabrese” (knight of Calabria) born in the town of Taverna in the Province of Catanzaro, from his arrival in Rome until 1649, the year when his works were first commissioned by the standard Jubilee Commission of San Martino al Cimino that introduces the full public affirmation of the artist. The painter moved afterwards to Naples in 1653 and finally to Malta in 1661, where he died in 1699 in Valletta.

Part of the exhibition is dedicated to the relationship with his brother, Gregorio, also a painter, who Mattia Preti worked with, as is the case of the Madonna della Purità, which is painted in the Church of San Domenico in Taverna.

The exhibition is focused on comparison with works that are already present in the set up of the Galleria Corsini, made by the painters to whom Mattia Preti was inspired, creating a rich and varied tune. Paintings are placed in direct dialogue with those of the Gallery, creating a path of bas-reliefs enhanced by a specially designed lighting.

For the duration of the exhibition, a selection of lectures will be organized by members of the Committee and specialists of Mattia Preti, as to address all issues related to the youth history of this artist.


From Wednesday to Monday 8:30 to 19:30 (last admission 19:00) Closed on Tuesdays

The exhibition is open with admission to the Galleria Corsini


Full Euro 5.00

Reduced Euro 2.50

Admission is free on the first Sunday of each month.

English Translation by Piergiorgio Mancini