Gozitan Joe Xuereb’s sculptural works feature in Italian publication
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Prof.ssa Angela Picca, who lives in Rome, published in 2012, “Pugliesi per l’Italia unita” (Volume 1) dealing about the Risorgimento Italiano. The publication coincided with the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Italy’s Unification,
Following five arduous years, the same author, in July this year, published Volume 2 of the “Pugliesi per l’Italia unita” – ‘Sulle orme degli esuli,” in which Prof.ssa Angela Picca elaborates about the exiles that left the Kingdom of Naples and took refuge in Greece, Corfu and Malta.
An chapter which is covered in great detail, is the one that deals about the Maltese Archipelago where the author mentions her visit to Gozo in 2013, from where she started writing her Volume 2.
Prof.ssa Angela Picca mentions among different local themes, Malta’s prehistory; the megalithic temples, the ‘Sleeping Lady.’
She met with the Gozitan stone sculptor Joe Xuereb and viewed his contemporary works, from which Prof.ssa Picca chose one of his sculptures, which she went on to have printed in her lavish publication.The author further mentions in her book, Xuereb’s monumental public sculptures which can be seen on permanent display at the Villa Rundle Gardens in Victoria, Gozo and in the Verdala Palace.
The publication carries an acknowledgement by H.E. Vanessa Frazier, Ambassador of Malta in Rome and the Greek Ambassador in Rome, H.E.Themistoklis Demires.
Prof.ssa Angela Picca, the author of “Pugliesi per l’Italia unita” has graduated from Rome La Sapienza University in Modern Literature and in History of Oriental Art.
The official book launch in Malta is taking place on Sunday, the 12th of November, at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta during the upcoming Book Festival 2017 where Prof.ssa Angela Picca will be proudly attending.
Top photo by Charles Spiteri – Prof.ssa Angela Picca, presenting a copy of her book to Ghajnsielem based stone sculptor Joe Xuereb