PRETI, Mattia
(b. 1613, Taverna Calabria, d. 1699, La Valletta)

St John Cast into Prison

Ceiling fresco
Conventual Church of St. John, La Valletta

Mattia Preti was a pupil of Ludovico Carracci and was also linked to the Bologna Academy. But if his easel painting reveals the influence of Caravaggism, the frescoes of traditional subjects which he executed for churches and palaces maintain the classicist tradition.