Preti’s mature paintings display a highly personal combination of Caravaggesque realism with the luminosity and theatricality of Venetian painting. His style often oscillated between the two, perhaps depending on the needs of his patrons. Preti was a prolific artist who is estimated to have produced about seven hundred paintings throughout his career in Rome, Naples and Malta.
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Books on Mattia Preti
Keith Sciberras, Caravaggio to Mattia Preti: Baroque Painting in Malta, 2015.
Sandro Debono and Giuseppe Valentino, Mattia Preti: Faith and Humanity, Valletta, 2013.
Keith Sciberras and Vittorio Sgarbi, Il Cavalier Calabrese: Mattia Preti tra Caravaggio e Luca Giordano, Milano 2013.
John T. Spike, Michèle K. Spike, Mattia Preti: Catalogo ragionato dei ipiniti – Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, Taverna, 1999.
John T. Spike and Giuseppe Valentino, Mattia e Gregorio Preti a Taverna: Catalogo complete delle opera – Catalogue Raisonné of their Paintings in Taverna, Taverna, 1997.
Erminia Corace, ed., Mattia Preti, Rome, 1989.
Clovis Whitfield and Jane Martineau, eds., Painting in Naples, 1606–1705: From Caravaggio to Giordano, exh. cat. London, 1982.
John T. Spike, Italian Baroque Paintings from New York Private Collections, exh. cat. Princeton, 1980.
Lione Pascoli, Vite de̓ pittori, scultori, ed architetti moderni, 1730/36, reprint Perguia, 1992.