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Title: Francesco Zahra's 'Madonna del Pilar' at St Peter's Monastery in Mdina
Authors: Caruana Dingli, Petra
Keywords: Monasteries -- Malta -- History
Nuns -- Malta -- History
Zahra, Francesco Vincenzo, 1710-1773
Zahra, Francesco Vincenzo, 1710-1773. Madonna del Pilar
Mdina (Malta) -- History
Zerafa, Benigno, 1726-1804
St. Peter’s Monastry (Mdina, Malta)
Art -- Malta
Painting -- Malta
Artists -- Malta
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti
Citation: Caruana Dingli, P. (2020). Francesco Zahra's 'Madonna del Pilar' at St Peter's Monastery in Mdina. Treasures of Malta, 79, 59-65.
Abstract: This article examines the commissioning of a painting of the Madonna del Pilar by Francesco Zahra in the 1740s for the chapel of St Peter's Monastery in Mdina, Malta, and highlights the role of women as patrons of the arts. In early modern Malta, as elsewhere in Europe, women acted as patrons of artistic works in churches. They commissioned, sponsored or donated paintings, silverware, tapestries and other precious objects and decorations. The role of women in creating this religious and artistic heritage has not been widely studied. Despite the strict enclosure, or ‘clausura’, imposed at female monasteries in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, cloistered nuns also engaged in art patronage.
ISSN: 1028-3013
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