Parliamentary Secretary Jose Herrera launches Mattia Preti exhibition

Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Jose Herrera on Monday morning launched the exhibition “Mattia Preti: Faith and Humanity” which will open to the public as from the 4th of May at the Grandmaster’s Palace.

PRETIposter withoutLOGOSThe 4th May marks another very important appointment for Heritage Malta in its calendar of events. In fact, it marks the day when the “Mattia Preti: Faith and Humanity” exhibition opens to the public.

On Monday morning, Dr. Jose Herrera visited the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta to witness the final preparations for this exhibition which will be displaying some of the greatest masterpieces by the Knight from Calabria in an innovative and interesting manner.

“This is an exhibition which is not only of national importance but helps to continue establishing Malta as a cultural centre in the world” stated Dr. Herrera. He said that it is the government’s mission as well as that of Heritage Malta to make such cultural heritage accessible both for the locals and the tourists. “Such an exhibition places artistic gems as the ones displayed to the disposal of the public and is also a starting point for the public to realise that such treasures are not only found in the museums but also in places which we frequent in our daily lives.”

Dr. Herrera also commented on how this exhibition will be presenting the works by Mattia Preti in a manner which makes them even more interesting for the lay person who is not necessarily an art connoisseur. He also mentioned that Heritage Malta will be organizing a whole calendar of events related to the exhibition open to the general public, some of which organized in collaboration with other entities. “This type off synergy is in line with our vision and is a step forward because we believe that in a joint effort the work done by such entities and also by individuals make the result a more significant one.”

Heritage Malta Acting CEO Kenneth Gambin spoke of the importance of such exhibitions, in this case undertaken with the cooperation of Taverna, as well as the activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary from the establishment of Heritage Malta. Such events present a unique opportunity for the Maltese public to view under one roof artistic masterpieces which otherwise one would have to travel all around Europe to appreciate.

Senior Curator Sandro Debono explained the content of the exhibition as well as scientific discoveries made recently with regards to the Mattia Preti painting exhibited. He also underlined the differences and similarities between the exhibition held in Taverna and that which will be open in Malta between the 4th of May and the 7th of July.

For more information regarding the “Mattia Preti: Faith and Humanity” exhibition one can visit the official website or follow the event on Facebook.