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Architecture of the Order of St John in Valletta


The Department of Art and Art History is organising a public lecture on the Architecture of the Order of St John in Valletta: Italian and French influences on the local scenario during the second half of the 16th and the 17th century by Prof. Sabine Frommel who is director of studies of the study of the of art history of the renaissance at the École Pratique des Hautes Études - Sorbonne, France.

Date and time: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6.00pm
Venue: Church of St Catherine of Italy, Valletta

Entrance is free and there is no need to reserve a seat.



The conference will show the ways in which the order of Malta acted as a patron of architecture and urban planning in Valletta. The relations between the Grand Masters and the popes and princes, like the Medici, played an important role for the appointment of the Italian architects like Bartolommeo Genga, Francesco Laparelli, Baldassare Lanci who introduced to Malta military technologies and architectural typologies and languages from the Italian Renaissance. Like in other countries far from the major artistic centres, modern treatises also encouraged the assimilation of models coming from these important sources. The religious and public architecture in Malta present highly interesting examples of multi-cultural idioms, thanks to the hybridization of Renaissance prototypes and local traditions. Placed in the European context of this period these architectures reveal a very specific character, which strengthen our knowledge about such processes of transformation of autochthones tradition practice and conventions.

Earlier Event: October 29
Miriam Lood
Later Event: November 2
Anna's Week End