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Lecture - Francesco Zahra`s Apotheosis - Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale

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Francesco Zahra’s Apotheosis. The gloria of St. Paul at the Aula Capitolare, Lecture by Prof. Keith Sciberras


The Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale invites you to the lecture ‘Francesco Zahra’s Apotheosis. The gloria of St. Paul at the Aula Capitulare’ by Prof. Keith Sciberras. 




The lecture discusses one of the major artistic productions of Late Baroque Malta, namely Francesco Zahra's paintings representing the Glory of St Paul for the Aula Capitolare at Mdina. Prof. Sciberras will discuss this work within the context of Zahra's oeuvre and will place it within the framework of other works of art being commissioned from major painters, sculptors and silversmiths of the period by the Cathedral Chapter. In many ways, the ceiling of the Chapter Hall can be seen as the most remarkable of the Late Baroque decorative schemes produced by a Maltese artist. The lecture will analyse its complicated iconography and will also discuss elements of style, technique and methods of patron…

Peripheral Alternatives to Rodin in Modern European Sculpture

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Peripheral Alternatives to Rodin in Modern European Sculpture:
With particular emphasis on Josef Kalleya’s art and the visual dialogues of an island scene

Peripheral Alternatives to Rodin in Modern European Sculpture: With particular emphasis on Josef Kalleya’s art and the visual dialogues of an island scene. The Department of History of Art, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta is organizing the international conference ‘Peripheral Alternatives to Rodin in Modern European Sculpture: With particular emphasis on Josef Kalleya’s art and the visual dialogues of an island scene’ which will take place on Tuesday December 15 2015.


This conference aims to bring together international scholars and researchers to discuss and debate the role sculpture was playing in the formulation of a new artistic language and to also analyse the various idiomatic alternatives to Rodin co-existing during the first decades of the 20th century and beyond.

The French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is widely cons…

Concert with Tom Armitage - Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale

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The Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale presents a concert with British composer and pianist Tom Armitage.

After studying at Birmingham Conservatoire and the University of Malta, British composer and pianist Tom Armitage has been heavily involved on the new music scene throughout Europe.



He has given over a hundred world premieres of new works and has written for some of the most exciting musicians and ensembles around the globe. Having broadcast for the BBC and performed with ensembles such as the Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, Thallein Ensemble and Zfin Malta National Dance Company, Tom has also released albums of contemporary piano music and has had works performed by Orchestra of the Swan at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; CHROMA; the Schubert Ensemble; composer/pianist, Michael Finnissy; violin virtuoso, David le Page; Decibel and soprano, Mary Wiegold amongst many others, and has also had piano music published by World Humani…