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Valletta turns into Caravaggio City
Caravaggio, Ben Tornato! This was the welcome note of Paul Borg Olivier, Mayor of Valletta, in the exhibition guest book during the official opening of the much awaited exhibition Caravaggio: L'Immagine del Divino inaugurated and opening its doors to the public on Saturday 29th September 2007. The viewing will be till the end of November.

The works of the rebellious Italian baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio have been excellently brought together by Heritage Malta at the Museum of Archaeology in Republic Street, Valletta.

The event forms part of the activities being organised by the national cultural agency marking the 400th anniversary of Caravaggio's sojourn in Malta, historically considered as a very important moment in the life of the Master.

The exhibited paintings are:The Sacrifice of Isaac and St Francis in Ecstasy from the Piasecka-Johnson Collection; St John the Baptist from the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Palazzo Corsini, Rome; St Francis from the Museo Civico di Cremona; St Francis in Meditation from Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Palazzo Barberini, Rome; Sacrifice of Isaac from a private collection in Modena; Decapitation of San Gennaro from Palestrina, Rome; and The Ecstasy of St Francis from the Musei Civici di Udine.

The exhibition also includes an audio-visual presentation of Caravaggio's life, a section on the use of technology and modern science to evaluate the authentication of certain works, mementoes of the artist in Malta and another audiovisual presentations of his works. The Exhibition was officially opened at The President's Palace by the President of Malta, in the presence of the Minister for Tourism and Culture and the Chairman of Heritage Malta. Present for the event were Vittorio Sgarbi, member in the Town Hall of Milan and responsible for Culture, and Maurizio Marini, both known as leading art historians with particular links to Caravaggio.
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