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Title: Ephemeral manifestations in Baroque Malta
Authors: De Lucca, Denis
Keywords: Catafalques -- Malta -- 18th century
St John’s Co-Cathedral (Valletta, Malta)
Carapecchia, Romano, 1668-1738
Architects -- Italy -- Biography
Architecture, Baroque -- Malta
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Knights of Malta -- History -- 18th century
Decorations of honor
Church decoration and ornament -- Malta -- History -- 18th century
Order of St John -- History -- 18th century
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Malta. International Institute for Baroque Studies
Citation: De Lucca, D. (2011, June). Ephemeral Manifestations in Baroque Malta. Baroque Routes Newsletter, 8, 8–16.
Abstract: It was towards the end of the sixteenth century at the very beginning of the Baroque age, that Catholic Europe started commemorating the death of its important citizens by the construction of large ephemeral structures designed to publicly display a real or a mock coffin called a representatio. These catafalques as they were called, were normally assembled within a short period of time to stand in a prominent position in the Baroque church, either in the centre of the crossing under the dome or, alternatively, in the centre of the nave opposite the main altar, where they invariably formed the focal point of an elaborate funerary ritual involving solemn prayers, passionate orations, requiem masses and absolution rites, all part of an impressive festa funebre complete with incense and organ music.
Appears in Collections:Baroque Routes Newsletter, No.08, 2011

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