Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Art in Malta 3: The Architecture of the Order of St John in Malta (1530-1798)

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION The course will trace the evolution of architecture in Malta during the rule of the Order of St John from its establishment on the island from 1530 to its expulsion in 1798. It will trace the flourishing of the late Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque architectural styles with specific reference to individual buildings, the planning of Valletta as the new city of the Order and the urban renewal of Mdina. It will provide an exposition of the main works of architects and military engineers such as Buonamici, Carapecchia, Gafà, de Mondion and Ittar. Besides in-class lectures there will also be architectural walking tours in Birgu, Mdina and Valletta.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

The study unit is designed to bring a broad overview of Maltese architecture and urbanism during the rule of the Order of St John (1530-1798).

At the end of the study unit the student will be in a position to better appreciate Maltese architecture spanning the period 1530-1798.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study unit the student will be in a position to better appreciate the architectural legacy bequeathed by the Order of St John.

At the end of the study unit the student will be sufficiently well equipped to understand and contextualise different architectural styles and movements as represented in the built environment of the study period.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Quentin Hughes, Conrad Thake Malta – The Baroque Island, Midsea books, Malta, 2004.

Leonard Mahoney, History of Maltese Architecture, Malta, 1998.

Roger De Giorgio, Valletta – A City by an Order.

Quentin Hughes, The Building of Malta 1530-1795, London, 1956.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Conrad Thake

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