Dr Charlene Vella

Dr Charlene Vella

Dr Charlene Vella


Senior Lecturer

Room 303
Old Humanities Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3084
Dr Charlene Vella leads research undertaken for Late Medieval and Renaissance art studies. She read for an undergraduate degree at the University of Malta in History of Art, which she followed with an M.A. also from the University of Malta for which she was awarded a Distinction. She successfully completed her Ph.D. at the University of Warwick where she was the recipient of a full scholarship. Her Ph.D tutor was Dr Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge).

Her first book is 'The Mediterranean Artistic Context of Late Medieval Malta 1091-1530' (Midsea Books, 2013) and she has just published "In the Footsteps of Antonello da Messina: The Antonelliani in Sicily and Venice in the Late Fifteenth and Early Sixteenth Centuries" (Midsea Books, 2022). She is also the author of several papers in journals and edited books and participates in international conferences, the latest being the Bruges Symposium XXII for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting in March 2022.

She has since 2018 convened the Dynamics of Mediterranean artistic interaction in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance Periods conference at the Valletta Campus. Dr Vella is a member of the Malta Planning Authority's Design Advisory Committee.

Dr Vella was a Committee member of the Malta Historical Society (MHS) between 2009 and 2013. She is the Academic Coordinator for ERASMUS students and Undergraduate dissertations for the Department of Art and Art History, and a member of the Faculty of Arts' Student Requests Committee, the Course Catalogues & Programmes Committee, and the MAMS Board of Studies.

Dr Vella was awarded the Premio Antonello da Messina for the section Studi Antonelliani on 14 April in a ceremony held in Rome by the Associazione Culturale Antonello da Messima.
  • Antonello da Messina and his followers
  • Renaissance Art & Architecture
  • Late Medieval and Renaissance art
  • Eastern Sicilian Renaissance Art
  • Venetian Renaissance art
  • Gender issues in Art
  • Mediterranean cross currents
  • AAH3217 - Fine Arts Synoptic Study-unit 1
  • AAH3218 - Fine Arts Synoptic Study-Unit 2
  • ART1013 - Early Renaissance Art in Italy
  • ART1017 - The Art and Architecture of Early Christianity and the Early Middle Ages
  • ART1025 - Venetian Renaissance Art
  • ART1070 - Art in Malta from the Late Medieval to the Modern
  • ART1114 - Study Tour
  • ART2000 - Art in Malta 1: Late Medieval to Early Renaissance
  • ART2005 - Northern Renaissance Art
  • ART2038 - Gender Issues in Art
  • ART2109 - The Art and Architecture of the High and Late Middle Ages: Romanesque to Gothic
  • ART2114 - Study Tour
  • ART3017 - History of Art Synoptic Study-Unit 1
  • ART3018 - History of Art Synoptic Study-Unit 2
  • ATS5514 - Study-Tour
  • HPA1303 - Sacred Art from the Palaeochristian to the Medieval Period: An Appreciation