Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Art in Malta 2: The Early Knights’ Period 1530-1566

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION The lectures in this study-unit are organised in such a way to acquaint the student with the Hospitaller Knights of St John of Jerusalem and their history, organisation and raison d'être. They provide information on the foundation of the Order and its early history in Jerusalem, Cyprus, and Rhodes. Special importance is given to their treasure of works of art and relics and reliquaries that they brought with them to Malta. They then investigate the extent of of their impact on Malta and consider their first buildings and works of art within the context on an informed patronage. The lectures round up with a discussion of their military architecture and urban planning culmination in the building of Valletta in 1566.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of the study-unit is to make the student appreciate the importance of the early knights’ Period to History of Art in Malta in a meaningful context.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will:

a. have the necessary background information to an informed knowledge of a Hospitaller and Sovereign Military Order that shaped the artistic destiny of Malta. They serve as an introduction to great artistic achievements of the 17th and 18th centuries.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will:

a. have the necessary skills to better appreciate the well informed artistic patronage of the Knights of St John in the early phase of their stay in Malta;
b. be sufficiently competent to appreciate the artistic and other cultural changes brought about by the coming of the Knights in 1530.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

M. Buhagiar, Essays on the Knights of St. John and Art and Architecture in Malta 5900-1798
J. Azzopardi, ed., The Order’s Early Legacy in Malta, Malta, 1989


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Mario Buhagiar

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