Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Art in Malta 5: The Twentieth Century - Painting and Sculpture

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


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This study unit examines the academic tradition of Art in Malta of the twentieth century and analyses the artistic and social factors that conditioned the birth and consolidation of the modern movement.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study unit is to bring students in contact with the history of twentieth century modern art in Malta. The unit is designed to provide a broad overview of all the art movements and artists who determined and defined the evolution of modernism in Malta.Critical analysis, research oriented discussion and debate is expected.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

The study unit is directed towards a systematic understanding of the evolution and interaction between the various artists, schools of artistic thought and art movements. At the end of the study unit the student will be in a better position to critically analyse the art-historical, philosophical and art-theoretical demanded by the need of an evaluation of Maltese art history of the twentieth century.

2. Skills:

The lectures give the student the necessary skills to appreciate, evaluate and contextualise the position of the relationship between Maltese and international debate revolving around the history of twentieth century modernism. By the end of the study unit the student will be in a position to appreciate better and to deal deeper into modern art works and concepts evolving within the Malta art scene.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

J.P. Cassar (ed.), Pioneers of Modern Art In Malta 2011

V. Fenech (ed.), Malta: Six Modern Artists, Malta University Services, Malta, 1991

G. Schembri Bonaci, Apap and the Descent from the Cross, Midsea, 2008

Schembri Bonaci, Giuseppe Apap : Descent from the Cross, Midsea, Malta, 2008.

The Nude in Art. A Study , Midsea, Malta, 2008.

Apap, Cremona and St Paul , Horizons, Malta, 2010.

Two Painters--Velázquez-Picasso: Las Meninas (with Marjorie Trusted), Horizons, Malta, 2010.

The Nude, Midsea, Malta, 2010.

Anton Agius: Gothic Socialist Realism, Horizons, Malta, 2011.

Antonio Sciortino and the British Academy of Arts in Rome, (with Sarah Moulden), Horizons, Malta, 2012.


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

LECTURER/S Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci (Co-ord.)

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