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Title: Art
Authors: Espinosa-Rodriguez, Antonio
Keywords: Art -- Malta -- History
Art, Maltese
Malta -- History
Malta -- Civilization
Artists -- Malta
Painters -- Malta -- History
Painting -- Malta -- History
Christian art and symbolism -- Malta
Sculpture -- Malta -- History
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: Malta. Ministry for Youth and the Arts
Citation: Espinosa-Rodriguez, A. (1994). Art. In H. Frendo, & O. Friggieri (Eds.), Malta: culture and identity (pp. 143-157). Malta: Ministry for Youth and the Arts.
Abstract: The earliest artistic manifestations in Malta date to prehistoric times. This is testified by a rich archaeological heritage consisting of a variety of decorated clay and stone artifacts and a series of impressive megalithic structures. The potter's craft developed into an expression of cultural vitality materialised through a series of patterns and decorations that reflect successive aesthetic requirements. The Impressed Ware of the early neolithic farmers of the Gliar Dalam phase (5000-4500 B.C.) was superseded by the prosaic forms of the Grey Skorba phase (4500-4400 B.C.) and enlivened by a bright red slip in the course of the so called Red Skorba phase (4400-4100 B.C.). Meanwhile man discovered the art of modelling anthropomorphic figurines. However it was during the Temple Period (4100-2500 B.C.) that prehistoric man in Malta poured forth an extraordinary civilising energy that took the contours of greatness.
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