Mediterranean

About the narrative

The ‘Mediterranean’ narrative reveals the artistic ideas and cultural trends that reached the Maltese islands via the Mediterranean Sea, which connects them to Europe and North Africa. Therefore, this storyline presents the multiple connections which define Malta’s Mediterranean identity. It has a strong religious imprint that inspires ritual. It connects in varied ways to the Mediterranean classical tradition of Greece and Rome and manifests itself in the beauty of objects used in everyday life.

The Mediterranean narrative is very strongly focused on Medieval and Renaissance artefacts but also makes connections to items of later centuries, leading up to contemporary art. This serves to show how the influences that permeated Malta’s artistic traditions survived throughout the years.

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Mediterranean Highlights

Explore popular artworks from the Mediterranean narrative.

Crucifixion and Annunciation
Mediterranean

Crucifixion and Annunciation

Unknown artist from the Siculo-Byzantinesque School
Still-lifes (Natura morta)
Mediterranean

Still-lifes (Natura morta)

Antonio Tibaldi (1635-1675)
Chalice of Fra Pierre Du Cluys
Mediterranean

Chalice of Fra Pierre Du Cluys

Unknown French silversmith
Allegory of the Dutch city of Antwerp
Mediterranean

Allegory of the Dutch city of Antwerp

Theodoor Van Thulden (1606-1669)
Hercules (Ercole Maltese)
Mediterranean

Hercules (Ercole Maltese)

Unknown sculptor
Decorative relief sculpture of the vision of St Anthony of Padua
Mediterranean

Decorative relief sculpture of the vision of St Anthony of Padua

Unknown craftsman from Messina, Sicily
Xandru l-Imħabba (Broadcast Love)
Mediterranean

Xandru l-Imħabba (Broadcast Love)

Antoine Camilleri (1922-2005)
Pot à Canon
Mediterranean

Pot à Canon

Workshop of Maestro Domenego de’ Betti

Auberge D’Italie,
Merchants St,
Valletta, Malta
VLT 1170
Phone: +356 2122 0006
Email: info@muza.org.mt

Opening hours

Opening from Tuesday till Sunday from 09:00 to 16:30.

Auberge D’Italie,
Merchants St,
Valletta, Malta
VLT 1170
Phone: +356 2122 0006
Email: info@muza.org.mt

Opening hours

Opening from Monday till Sunday from 09:00 till 16:30.

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