Heritage Malta's National Museum of Fine Arts and Italy's Museo Civico di Taverna have come together to mount a major international exhibition about famous baroque artist Mattia Preti.
The exhibition marks the 400 years of the artist's birth and will be held in Taverna - his birth city - and later on in Malta where he spent almost 40 years of his life.
Preti transformed the interior of St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta with a series of paintings on the life and martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. Many paintings by Preti can also be found in private collections and in parish churches.
The project is the result of the close collaboration that existed between the Museo Civico di Taverna and the National Museum of Fine Arts over the past 25 years. The two museums signed a protocol in 2010 providing for knowledge sharing, joint conservation projects on works of art, publications and other initiatives.
Themed ‘Mattia Preti - Faith and Humanity', the exhibition will feature prestigious loans from top European museums and institutions, including the Spanish Museo Nacional del Prado, the Louvre and the Uffizi, among others.