The Adoration of the Magi by Mattia Preti is part of the Walker Art Gallery collection in Liverpool. Preti was born 400 years ago on 24th February, 1613, in the Calabrian town of Taverna. An Italian Baroque artist, he painted in a style similar to Caravaggio. Preti was also known as Il Cavalier Calabrese (Knight of Calabria).
During his lifetime, he travelled through Naples where he met Luca Giordano, who was a great influence to him. By this time Preti was known for his fresco paintings. Two of Preti’s sketches are part of the Neopolitan Capodimonte Museum. The latter part of his life he spent in Malta and attained the distinct honour of acquiring the Order of St. John’s Knight of Grace. He died on 3rd January, 1699 at the age of 86.
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