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

The Concert

1630s
Oil on canvas, 107 x 145 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Mattia Preti's Concert is a work which has a bearing on the artistic links between Italy and the Netherlands. Its style is strongly influenced by Caravaggio, particularly in its formal aspects: the strong chiaroscuro reaches an extreme degree in the faces of the three figures. At the same time, the painting also demonstrates the interest in depicting everyday life so characteristic of the art of northern Europe, and takes pleasure in painting the details of the clothing and objects.