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Title: Roman Baroque sculpture for the Knights of Malta [Book Review]
Authors: Buhagiar, Mario
Keywords: Knights of Malta -- Malta -- Art patronage
Sculpture, Baroque -- Italy -- Rome
Sculpture, Italian -- Italy -- Rome -- 17th century
Sculpture, Italian -- Italy -- Rome -- 18th century
Church decoration and ornament -- Malta
Sciberras, Keith, 1970-. -- Criticism and interpretation
Books -- Reviews
Order of St John -- Malta -- Art patronage
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: University of Malta. International Institute for Baroque Studies
Citation: Buhagiar, M. (2004, May). Review of the book: Roman Baroque sculpture for the Knights of Malta, by K. Sciberras. Baroque Routes Newsletter, 5, 9–10.
Abstract: The scholarly significance of this book is best appreciated if considered in the context of the research programme that the History of Art Programme at the University of Malta has on its academic agenda. The author is a senior lecturer and full-time member of staff on the Programme, who combines his research pursuits with a full teaching schedule. The Iconography' of the Maltese Islands, which I published in 1988, was a coherent first attempt at coming to terms with the history of the visual arts in Malta by providing a critical survey of painting in the 500 years between 1400 and 1900. The Introduction emphasised that the book was intended as a point of departure, and cautioned that new research would inevitably necessitate modifications and revisions. The ultimate desideratum was that it would serve as a stimulus for specialisations in the several historical art disciplines, and that future studies would, in due course, crystallise in a comprehensive scholarly history of art in Malta. Fourteen years later, this goal has not yet been attained, but appreciable progress has been made.
Description: This review first appeared in the Sunday Times of Malta (2nd May 2004), pp.32-33
Appears in Collections:Baroque Routes Newsletter, No.05, 2004

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