Mi vida es como el cactus
Con sus espinas puntiaguda
Para defenderse en la lucha por su alma
En guerra al calor
Al ver mi alma y la sangre
Que se queman entre la arena, la montaña y el sol.
CARRAVALSECA Reserva 2011. Viñedo Ecológico.
Se crió en barricas de roble francés por 20 meses.
Destacan fuertes aromas a fruta negras bien maduras con notas de cacao y minerales.
Color cereza bien cubierto.
Tanino vivo pero bien domado por la madera. Elegante y fina acidez.
MATTIA PRETI (1613-1699) was an Italian Baroque artist who worked in Italy and Malta. He transformed the interior of St. John's Co-Cathedral.
In 1630 Preti was in Rome and early apprenticeship is said to have been with the Caravaggisti which may account for his lifelong interest in the style of Caravaggio.
Whilst in Rome he was influenced by a wide range of artists moving from the classical style of Guido Reni to the highly dramatic style of Peter Paul Rubens. His important works in Rome include the fresco cycles in the church of Sant’ Andrea della Valle.
Between 1644 and 1646 Preti travelled to Venice having the opportunity to observe the opulent Venetian palette in such artists as Veronese. He returned to Rome for sporadic periods up until 1661 and painted frescoes for various other churches.
Preti then moved again and spent most of 1656–1660 in Naples. Here, he was influenced by some of the major contemporary Neapolitan artists and, the large fresco ‘ex-voto’ paintings of the plague that had struck the city.
In Naples, Preti was commissioned to paint a picture of St Francis Xavier by Grand Master Martin de Redin for the chapel of the Aragonese Langue.
In 1659, Preti came to Malta probably attracted to the island by the artist patronage of the Knights of the Order.
The following Grand Master, Raphael Cotoner, accepted Preti’s offer to decorate the entire vault of the church with scenes from the life of St John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Order.
Consequently, Preti was promoted to the rank of a Knight of Grace. He was also a capable architect, responsible for the design of Sarria Church in Floriana.
This highly creative genius had a long career with considerable artistic output. #valletta2018#orderofstjohn#maltaphotography#artistsoninstagram#carravalseca#baroqueart