St Francis Xavier, Mattia Preti
The restoration of the painting representing St Francis Xavier by Mattia Preti, situated in the chapel of Aragon, was carried out in 2010. The restoration of the painting was sponsored by Din L-Art Helwa, through the initiative of The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation.
The painting suffered from surface cracks caused by lack of cohesion in the preparatory paint layers.
St Francis has been identified as the first painting by Preti to have reached Malta while the artist was still in Naples in 1658.