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The great artworks of the Caravaggist Baroque artist Mattia Preti (a Calabrese maestro who was appointed as a Knight of the Order of Saint John) are witness to the Pauline tradition of the archipelago. In the Cathedral, we find at least three of his great Pauline works: The conversion of Saint Paul, Saint Paul vanquishing the Ottomans, and The shipwreck of Saint Paul. The three of them are considered Baroque masterpieces in the tradition of Caravaggio —in fact, Preti was the apprentice of Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, who was in turn an apprentice of Caravaggio himself.

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