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TITLE Travels in Architectural History

LEVEL I - Introductory Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION This Unit is based on a chronological exposition of the principal architectural achievements of the Maltese Islands, explained in their proper historical and cultural context. In this respect, illustrated lectures and site visits shall cover a timeline of over five thousand years of creative building activity which includes prehistory, Carthaginian and Roman times, the Medieval period, Renaissance and Baroque manifestations in Hospitaller Malta, 1530-1798, the period of British rule and the modern architecture of Malta, after independence. Explanations of the facts and controversies associated with the above-mentioned landmarks of architectural development in the light of the most recent research on the subject will enrich the core issues of this Unit.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to demonstrate a holistic knowledge of the multi-faceted issues concerning architectural expression in the Maltese Islands since Prehistoric times. The acquired knowledge of these issues should make him/her aware of the need to better understand, better appreciate and thus better promote the conservation of a rich legacy of architectural acheivements related to the timeline of historical events that constituted the roots of the Maltese Nation.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to participate in the working of both National and International organisations that require the input of an overall non-specialist knowledge of the architectural history of the Maltese Islands. In this context, it is expected that the student will have acquired sufficient knowledge to facilitate his/her participation in multi-media debates directly or indirectly rconcerned with the the architectural history of Malta in its Mediterranean, European and world context.

Main Text/s:

- Bonanno, Anthony. Malta - Phoenician, Punic and Roman. Malta: Midsea Books Ltd, 2005.
- De Giorgio, Roger. A City by an Order. Malta: Progress Press, 1986.
- De Lucca, Denis. Mdina: A History of Its Urban Space and Architecture. Malta: Said International Ltd., 1995.
- De Lucca, Denis. Carapecchia: Master of Baroque Architecture in early eighteenth-Century Malta. Malta: Midsea Books Ltd, 1999.
- Hughes, J. Quentin. The Building of Malta, 1530-1795. London: Alec Tiranti Ltd., 1967.
- Mahoney, Leonard. 5000 years of architecture in Malta. Malta: Valletta Pub. Ltd, 1996.
- Spiteri, Stephen. Fortresses of the Knights. Malta: Book Distributers Ltd., 2001.
- Trump David Hilary. Malta: Prehistory and Temples. Malta: Midsea Books Ltd, 2002.

Supplementary Readings:

- Bonanno, Anthony. Roman Malta, the Archaeological Heritage of the Maltese Islands. Rome: Confederazione Mondiale degli Ex-allievi ed Exallieve di Don Bosco, 1992.
- Briffa, Joseph A.. Pietro Paolo Troisi (1686-1750): A Maltese Baroque Artist. Malta: International Institute for Baroque Studies, 2009.
- Dalli, Charles. Malta. The Medieval Millennium. Malta: Midsea Books, 2006.
- De Lucca, Denis. Giovanni Battista Vertova: Diplomacy, Warfare and Military Engineering Practice in early seventeenth-century Malta. Malta: Midsea Books Ltd., 2001.
- De Lucca, Denis. Mondion: The achievement of a French military engineer working in Malta in the early eighteenth century. Malta:Midsea Books Ltd., 2003.
- De Lucca, Denis. A Description of Baroque Malta by Albert Jouvin de Rochefort. Malta: Midsea Books Ltd., 2004.
- De Lucca, Denis. Francesco Buonamici: Painter, Architect and Military Engineer in seventeenth-century Malta and Italy. Malta: University of Malta, 2006).
- De Lucca, Denis. Baroque Architecture in the Maltese Islands in Letture di immagini : Storie, Rappresentazioni, Simboli, vol. 5, ‘IMAGINES: Studi su architetture, ambienti e città dell’ Europa,’ [ed. Ciro Robotti]. Lecce: Edizioni Grifo, 2011.
- Evans, John Davies. The prehistoric antiquities of the Maltese Islands: a survey. London: Athlone Press, 1971.
Hoppen, Alison. The Fortification of Malta by the Order of St John 1530-1798.Malta, 1999.
- Lutrell, Anthony T.(ed) Medieval Malta: Studies on Malta before the Knights. London: The British School in Rome, 1975.
- Renfew, Colin [ed.]. Malta before History. Malta: Miranda Publishers, 2004.
- Spiteri, Stephen. The Art of Fortress building in Hospitaller Malta. Malta: BDL Publishing, 2008.
- Trump, David Hilary. Malta: An Archaeological Guide. London: Faber and Faber, 2001.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Fieldwork

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Long Essay Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Keith Buhagiar
Denis De Lucca (Co-ord.)
Mark Geoffrey Muscat
Stephen Spiteri

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