Dr Charlene Vella read for an undergraduate degree at the University of Malta in History of Art, which she followed with an M.A. also from the University of Malta for which she was awarded a Distinction.
She has successfully completed her Ph.D. at the University of Warwick where she was the recipient of a full scholarship. Her PhD research titled "In the Footsteps of Antonello da Messina: The Antonelliani in Sicily and Venice in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries" was carried out under the tutelage of Dr Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge).
Dr Vella also studied and the University of Verona and the British School at Rome in 2007. She has attended and participated in seminars abroad on scholarship including a weeklong conference on ‘La civiltà comunale italiana’ organised by the Scuola di alti studi dottorali, Università di Firenze (San Gimignano, 25-30 June, 2007), the "New Directions in the Renaissance" conference held between 1 and 2 November 2012, at the University of Edinburgh with a paper on "The Renaissance in the South", and a paper on "The Antonelliani in Context" as part of the University of Warwick HIstory of Art Department Research Seminars on 13 March 2013. In 2016, she also had a paper accepted to the Renaissance Society of America's Boston Conference.
She has published articles and papers on medieval art, and is art critic and reviewer on art books to the Sunday Times of Malta since January 2008. She has served on the executive committee of the Malta Historical Society from 2009 and 2011, and from 2011 and 2013, serving also as editor of Proceedings of History Week 2009.
Dr Vella is a board member of the Research Programme for the Study of the Mediterranean Late Medieval and Early Modern Art and Architecture of the Maltese Islands, and she has been appointed on the Malta Planning Authority's new Design Advisory Committee.
21 January 2017
The Mediterranean Reception of Lucio Fontana's Baroque Continuum - The Artist’s Legacy and Dynamism in the Ceramic Arts of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, with a Maltese case-study: Gabriel Caruana
The conference will be held on Thursday 15th December 2016 at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Valletta.
Academics and researchers are invited to submit proposals for papers which deal with the theme of the conference.