Lecture on Count Saverio Marchese’s literary contributions
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The Malta Historical Society is organising a lecture by Krystle Farrugia, a MA History of Art candidate, on Count Saverio Marchese’s Literary Contributions, with reference to his connections with the Accademia dell’ Arcadia.
The lecture, which is part of the Birgu Lecture Series 2012, will take place at the Maritime Museum, next Tuesday, the 18th of September, starting at 7.00pm.
Count Saverio Marchese (1757-1833) is well known as one of the most significant art collectors in Malta. His manuscript Uomini Illustri di Malta has provided art historians with rare and valuable information about artists, sculptors and architects who worked in Malta or who sent their works to the island. Marchese was also very active in the local literary scene.
He was extremely well-read, especially in classical literature and poetry. He was a prolific poet himself whose sonnets and compositions were widely read at public events and very much appreciated. A number of sonnets by Marchese are preserved in the archives of the Mdina Cathedral Museum.
Marchese’s interest in the literary arts is deeply rooted in his upbringing and in the scholarly circles he frequented both during his years as a student in Rome, and when he returned to Malta. It has recently come to attention that he was an active member of the Accademia dell’ Arcadia, an academy founded in Rome with the purpose of reverting Italian poetry to ancient pastoral roots after it had become corrupted by Baroque excessiveness of expression and ornamentation.
This lecture will provide an insight into the literary contributions of Count Saverio Marchese, in terms of his art historical writings as well as his aspirations as a poet. The lecture will attempt to place Marchese in the context of the literary scene of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Malta and Italy.
Krystle Farrugia recently submitted her MA dissertation in History of Art at the University of Malta. Her area of specialisation is the study of art history and artistic preferences in the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century in Malta, focusing on the erudite figure of Count Saverio Marchese. She is currently Research Officer for the Research Programme ‘The Study of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Art and Architecture of the Maltese Islands’ in the History of Art Department at the University of Malta.