The Renaissance Revival: its manifestation in Malta – Gozo lecture

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The Renaissance Revival: its manifestation in Malta - Gozo lectureOnce again, Wirt Ghawdex, in cooperation with the organisers of Festival Mediterranea 2017, is organising a public lecture at the Santa Cecilia Chapel, Ghajnsielem.

The Renaissance Revival: its manifestation in Malta – is the title of the lecture, which will be delivered by Dr. Mark Sagona, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta.

Dr Sagona will explore the fact that among the many Revivals in nineteenth century art, the Renaissance Revival was one of the most diffused across Europe: in England, in Germany, in Spain and also in Italy. Malta, a British colony with its soul in Rome, was not oblivious to such important currents. Painting, sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts all show this formidable influence.

He said that, through artists like Giuseppe Hyzler who exerted his influence on painting, sculpture and design, several artists who journeyed to Rome for their studies, the Galdes family of designers, architects like Giuseppe Bonavia and Emanuele Luigi Galizia, the importations of works in silver from Rome and the creation of church furniture, the Renaissance Revival presented itself as an antidote to the Baroque.

“Its manifestation in Malta was instrumental in providing the little island at the periphery of Europe with a strong, contemporary European cultural and artistic identity,” remarked Dr Sagona.

The lecture will trace the development of this little-studied phenomenon in Malta and the channels of its manifestation throughout the nineteenth century.

Dr Mark Sagona, Ph.D., is a visual artist and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History, Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta.

His areas of research include nineteenth and early twentieth century Maltese and international painting, sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts.

Dr Sagona also teaches painting and drawing in the Fine Arts programme in the same department. He has exhibited, lectured and published extensively in the local and international fora.

His last practical and lecturing assignments were at the Art College of the University of Xiamen, China, and at the Università degli Studi di Palermo.

The lecture, which will be in English, is taking place on Friday, the 17th of November, starting at 7:30pm. Entrance is free and no pre-booking is necessary.

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