Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Art in Malta 4: The Nineteenth Century - Painting, Sculpture and Architecture

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


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This study-unit takes into consideration the impact of Neo-Classicism and Academism, Romanticism and Eclecticism, the Nazarenes and the Purists and Verismo on the works of local and foreign artists working in Malta in the 19th cent. Important links forged with foreign centres, in particular London, Rome and Paris, will be examined.

The main local exponents in Malta such as the painters Pietro Paolo Caruana, Salvatore Busuttil, Giuseppe Hyzler, Michele Bellanti and Giuseppe Calì, the Dimech sculptors, and the architects Giuseppe Bonavia and Emanuele Luigi Galizia, will be discussed. Topographical and landscape painting will also be considered.

Knowledge & Understanding:

• The study-unit is conceived to familiarize the student with artistic developments in Malta within the changing scenarios of the nineteenth century, taking into consideration essential developments on the continent, particularly in England and Italy;
• The student will be able to appreciate the diverse artistic attitudes which characterised Maltese Art throughout this important century, thus filling the gap between the Late Baroque and the onset of Modern Art.


• By the end of the study-unit the student will be in a position to better appreciate the multi-faceted character of 19th century Maltese Art;
• An extensive insight into the stylistic trends and ideas in European 19th century art and their manifestation in the local arena.

Reading List:

Mario Buhagiar, The Iconography of the Maltese Islands: Painting 1400-1900, Malta 1987.
Keith Andrews, The Nazarenes: a brotherhood of German painters in Rome, Oxford 1964.
Joan Johnson (ed.), The General: the Travel Memoirs of General Sir George Whitmore, UK 1987.
Dissertations presented to the History of Art Department (UOM) and papers in Melita Historica and Treasures of Malta.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 25%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Mark Sagona

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