Month: September 2021

Xandru l-Imħabba (Broadcast Love)

Antoine Camilleri created an unnatural elongated skinny figure that portrays Christ on the Cross. This type of physiognomy used for a male figure was used by the artist in different works as his self-portrait. This body, the Body of Christ, is placed on a television aerial instead of a traditional cross.
This work conveys different interpretations. Certainly, the artist was presenting personal spiritual engagements, by using a popular subject such as the symbol of the cross. The most common interpretation of this piece is that Camilleri empowers television to communicate to a very large audience the word of God.
Stylistically the artist combined various experimental conceptual ideas which were already visible in his earliest works created in the mid-40s. This included the reusing of objects in works of art and the deformation of the human body.

Pot à Canon

MUŻA has a large collection of Maiolica vases of Sicilian, South Italian and Venetian production. This albarello or pot à canon, a cylindrical jar with straight sides and a wide mouth, was once used as a container for mustard seeds or mustard paste, as its inscription (Mostarda) testifies. Its cobalt blue background is embellished by a light blue, green, yellow and white array of floral, foliage and fruit elements mingled with monochromatic stylised human and animal figures. The front is dominated by a proud horse with a raised leg while the back has an imaginary scene, or ‘istoriato’, consisting of a peasant or shepherd before a hilly landscape, all framed by leaves, flowers and seeds. This elaborate decoration links this vase to the workshop of Mastro Domenego de’ Betti, who was active in Venice in the 16th century. Documentary evidence shows that this particular albarello was used in the ‘spezieria’, or pharmacy, of the Sacra Infermeria, the Hospital of the Order of St John.

Sciortino’s Drawings

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