Mary-Anne eating grapes

Edward Caruana Dingli depicted prominent figures, nobles and politicians whilst on the other hand characterizing Maltese folklore with his bright watercolour drawings. He is considered to be one of Malta’s prominent and leading artists of the 20th century. Caruana Dingli started his artistic career at the age of 37, after leaving his job at the civil service. This led Caruana Dingli to teach and later be the Director of the Government School of Art in Valletta where he taught several prominent artists of the 20th century.
‘Marie-Anne eating Grapes’ catches one’s attention with the fresh element of the paint brush and visible brush strokes. The colour palette further enhances the information the artist wants to evoke. The hues of the dark and bright colours show the natural sun rays hitting the woman’s skin, garment and the scene in general. This brush technique is usually considered Impressionist and was introduced in the 19th century in France. Apart from the excellent brush technique, Caruana Dingli manages to evoke a sense of happiness and peace in the painting through the facial expressions of the sitter, making the viewer feel a part of Marie-Anne’s delight.

Portrait Bust of Marchesa Godi de Godio

Antonio Sciortino is the sculptor behind this portrait bust of an elegant young woman, sporting the typical short hair of the 1920s set in a stylish finger wave. She is Violet (née Kay), Marchesa Godi de Godio. She and her husband Alberto were leaders in Roman and French Riviera society. She was a personal friend of the Italian Royal family and the Mussolini family. But her life took a sensational turn in 1938. Together with her husband and the Jewish broker and former president of the A.S. Roma football club, Renato Sacerdoti, she was arrested and accused of trying to smuggle money out of Rome and into France. Their actions were spurred by Fascist Anti-Jewish decrees that forced Jews to declare their riches. Who knew that this unassuming beautiful portrait had such an exciting story to tell.

Still Life

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