Heritage Malta has announced the programme of events to complement the exhibition in order to make the Mattia Preti experience a more holistic one.
The first two of a series of gallery talks will be held on Friday 10th May. “Actors and Audiences in Mattia Preti’s Paintings” will be presented by curator Bernadine Scicluna at 6:30pm, while senior curator Sandro Debono and conservator David Frank Bugeja will talk about “St Catherine of Alexandria Re-discovered” at 7:30pm.
On 24th May the subject tackled by Cynthia Degiorgio at 6:30pm will focus on Preti’s “Doubting Thomas” while at 7.30pm Giuseppe Mantella will focus on “The Capodimonte bozzetti, St Francis Xavier and the Sarria paintings for the plague”.
On 31st May Christian Attard will talk about “Capodimonte bozzetti, St Sebastian and Cali’s Almsgiving Preti” (6:30pm), while Jessica Borg will give a talk on “Mattia Preti’s Preparatory Drawings for the Vault of St John’s Co-Cathedral” (7:30pm).
The 14th of June will see three gallery talks: the first by Francesca Balzan (at 6:15pm) will be entitled “The Barberini Banquet”, the second by Bernadine Scicluna (7pm) is entitled “He, Himself and Mattia Preti” while in the third (8pm) former curator Antonio Espinosa Rodriguez will talk on “Cardinal Arias y Porres patron of Mattia Preti”.
Another three talks will be held on 21st June: Conservators Anthony Spagnol (6:15pm), Charlene Muscat (7pm) and Charlotte Bellizzi (8pm) will all speak about “Conservation and Mattia Preti’s Paintings”.
The 16th of May marks the first of three tours by curator Sandro Debono who will be giving quite a few interesting insights into the exhibition. The other two dates reserved for these specialised tours are 13th June and 4th July.
An educational event which is being considered as one of the highlights of the activities linked with the exhibition is entitled “Paint it like Preti” and consists of two workshops. The first workshop will feature Preti’s manufacturing techniques for an oil painting on canvas. Heritage Malta’s Senior Conservator Ray Spiteri, who has worked on the conservation of Preti paintings, will take participants through the manufacturing techniques behind Preti’s oil paintings on canvas. Participants will work off a preliminary drawing, mix their own colours and paint their own masterpiece just like Preti did. Finally, the participants will be able to take their finished work home with them. This workshop will be held on 17th May between 10am and 2pm with a second group on 14th June at the same time. The second workshop which will be held on 31st May and repeated on 28th June will deal with the manufacturing techniques used by Preti for his works on stone.
All the events are on first come first served basis due to the limited number of places. The entrance fee for the gallery talks and the tours with the curator is the same as that of the entrance to the exhibition. A different price applies for the workshops. All talks and specialised tours will be delivered in English.