Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
TURIN

Turin hosts Mattia Preti showcase

English
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(By Sandra Cordon) Turin, May 14 - A Caravaggio
masterpiece will be a highlight of a new exhibition of works by
one of his followers from southern Italy's Calabria region.
"Between Caravaggio and Luca Giordano" is the title of the
exhibition of some 30 works by Mattia Preti that will open
Thursday near Turin and continue through mid-September.
The Preti exhibit comes on the 400th anniversary of the
painter's birth in Calabria and is curated by art critic
Vittorio Sgarbi and by Keith Sciberras, a professor of art
history at the University of Malta.
According to organizers, the exhibition opens with one of
Caravaggio's most famous paintings: Rest on the Flight into
Egypt, dated 1595-1596 and loaned from Galleria Doria Pamphilj
in Rome.
This work, painted by a young Caravaggio not long after he
arrived in Rome, is described as "an extraordinarily innovative
painting that contains the early signs of the naturalism that
will soon characterize subsequent works".
Preti, who was born in the small town of Taverna in Calabria
in 1613, is said to have been deeply influenced by Caravaggio's
style as he served his painting apprenticeship.
That style stuck with Preti throughout his career.
He worked for a time in Rome with his brother Gregorio
Preti, who was also a painter, and where he became more familiar
with the techniques of Caravaggio and other masters.
Later in life, Preti worked in Naples, where he was
influenced by a major Neapolitan painter of his era, Luca
Giordano.
Preti died in Malta, moving there after he was made a Knight
of Malta by Pope Urban VIII.
The venue for the Preti exhibit is almost as fascinating as
the art itself.
The Palace of Venaria near Turin, known in Italian as the
Reggia di Venaria Reale, was one of the 17th-century homes of
the Royal House of Savoy.
Included on the UNESCO Heritage List in 1997, it is one of
the largest royal residences in the world, and is a complex said
to be comparable in grandeur to Versailles near Paris.
Some say Venaria Reale is one of the most beautiful
architectural complexes within Italy: a monumental palace of
80,000 square meters of floor space and boasting some of the
highest expressions of the Baroque style.
Today, it also includes about 2,000 meters of exhibition
space, and 80 hectares of surrounding gardens.
The palace complex is known for acclaimed exhibitions,
including a recent presentation of works by Renaissance master
Lorenzo Lotto.
Its Baroque presence was created in the mid-seventeenth
century by Duke Carlo Emanuele II of Savoy, but was reborn as a
symbol of modernity and culture in October 2007, when it was
inaugurated as an exhibition complex.
The Palace of Venaria consortium is also a sponsor of the
Tour Around Italy photographic exhibition, which was created by
the ANSA news agency and features 100 digital images to better
explain and promote Italy abroad.
Tour Around Italy is also sponsored by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, the Italian Embassy in the United States, and
the Milan Expo 2015 committee as part of the wider initiative:
"2013 - Year of Italian Culture in the United States," which is
designed to boost awareness throughout the US of all that Italy
has to offer.
The Year of Italian Culture involves more than 180 events
curated by the Italian embassy in Washington and by Italian
consulates and cultural institutes in more than 40 U.S. cities.
The ANSA photo exhibition can be visited virtually, via a
free Apple Store application.

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