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MATTIA PRETI: SAINTS AND HEROES FOR THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA. Cynthia de Giorgio. Midsea Books Ltd, Valletta, 2014. 144 pp. with 146 ills. (131 col.) and poster. 27 x 23 cm. ISBN 9789993274810 In English.
Publisher's description: This book explores and investigates the importance of saints and heroes to the Knights of Malta. Mattia Preti's corpus of paintings was selected as it is one of the most significant collections of narrative paintings depicting saints and heroes that received the devotion of the Knights of Malta between 1658 and 1698. The influence of these paintings was instrumental not only for introducing new devotions but also for bringing the new expressive baroque artistic style to the Maltese islands. Occasionally paintings of saints which Preti produced for the Maltese clergy are included to give a complete picture of the devotion these particular saints received. The iconography of the saints and heroes brings to light their stories and legends, some well-known, others completely forgotten, in a world of ever-changing cultural diversity.
Artist(s):Preti, Mattia
Indexing: Western, Europe — Italy — 1600-1800 — Painting
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 164331
Hardcover $62.00    

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