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Title: Anatomical errors in the lapidary of the Co-Cathedral of St. John at Valletta
Authors: Cassar, Paul
Keywords: St John’s Co-Cathedral (Valletta, Malta)
Sepulchral monuments -- Malta -- Valletta -- History -- 17th century
Sepulchral slabs -- Malta -- Valletta -- History -- 18th century
Sepulchral slabs -- Malta -- Valletta -- History -- 19th century
Knights of Malta
Anatomy, Artistic
Order of St John
Issue Date: 1974
Publisher: The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette
Citation: Cassar, P. (1974). Anatomical errors in the lapidary of the Co-Cathedral of St. John at Valletta. The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette, 9(1), 13-20.
Abstract: The co-Cathedral of St. John of Valletta was the Conventual Church of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem from 1573 till the end of their domination of Malta in 1798. During this period the pavement of the church became covered with inlaid marble funereal slabs under which were buried highly placed personages of that order of chivalry. This paper is a review of sixty slabs bearing skulls and skeletons covering a period of over two hundred years from 1602 to 1814. Its aim is to call attention to the more conspicuous osteological errors in this funereal iconography and to relate this to the wider medical and artistic milieu of Malta from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries. The greatest number of the slabs arc from the eighteenth century; four of them (nos. 17, 22, 97 and 238) seem to have been stock designs by the same hand or from the same workshop. Only a small number belong to the seventeenth and the early nineteenth centuries.
Appears in Collections:TSLHG, Volume 9, Issue 1
TSLHG, Volume 9, Issue 1

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