The Game of Draughts

Mattia Preti

The Game of Draughts
3 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm


A1105 is an early work by Preti, probably of the mid-1630s, after a period of close study of Caravaggio. Ostensibly a scene of everyday life, this strongly-lit gathering of richly costumed players is highly theatrical. The boy with the feathered hat reappears in Preti's Concert (Hermitage, St Petersburg).

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image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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