Decorative arts in Maltese Islands to be subject of Sir M.A. Refalo Sixth Form annual lecture

This year’s Sir M.A. Refalo Sixth Form annual lecture is dedicated to the ongoing pioneering research on the Decorative Arts in Malta led by Dr Mark Sagona, Resident Academic at the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Malta, as well as an ex-student and ex-teacher of the sixth form. 

The academic study of the decorative arts in the Maltese Islands has been for the last 20 years or so, the subject of academic research for Dr Sagona, who has unearthed extremely important material for the knowledge and analysis of a staggeringly impressive corpus of works in precious metals, wood, embroidery, marble, bronze and other media produced either in Malta or for Malta. 

This research culminated in Dr Sagona’s doctoral degree on the decorative arts for the Church in Malta in the second half of the nineteenth century, and which is now in the process of publication.   

This public lecture entitled ‘Style and Ornament: European influences on the Decorative Arts in Malta 1800-1900’ will provide an overview of the most important works by the more important artists and designers working for Malta throughout the nineteenth century.  It will discuss and highlight the way European styles in the decorative arts manifested themselves boldly in the Maltese Islands through numerous commissions which were generated during the period and which made Malta a microcosm of the larger artistic context in terms of design and decoration. 

The lecture will be held at the Cittadella Cultural Centre, The Citadel, Victoria, Gozo on the 24th January 2020 at 7.00 pm. The general public is invited.