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The Series

IMMAĠNI, a socio-religious programme, in which Hilary Spiteri, in the role of an Art Historian, tours some of Malta's iconic places to explore a variety of works of art and discuss their artistic, historical and religious relevance.


The programme is presented by Christine Delicata and produced by ĊPI MEDIA.


Episode 1

Is-Santwarju tal-Madonna fil-Mellieħa

1/39  Tradition has it that the painting was made by St Luke when he was shipwrecked on the island with St Paul, but recent studies have shown it to be a work following a Siculo-Byzantinesque (Byzantinesque in inspiration and Sicilian in style influence) idiosyncrasy. Most probably it was painted during the 14th century by a foreign artist, possibly from Sicily.

Episode 2

Ex Voto

2/39  An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or to a divinity. It is donated in fulfillment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for ex voto suscepto, "from the vow made") or in gratitude or devotion. The earliest known votive paintings are believed to be those found in Naples and go back to the second half of the sixteenth century. By this time the Council of Trent (1545-63) had revitalized the popular Marian cult.

Episode 3

St Paul's Shipwreck, Giuseppe Cali, Mellieħa

3/39  The third episode happening on World Mission Day, the painting by Giuseppe Cali representing St Paul and the advent of Christianity in Malta. St Paul as depicted in the Acts of the Apostles, the apostle who travels into three separate journeys spreading the good word. On his way to martyrdom he was forced to stop in Malta and the rest is history.

Episode 4

All Saints

4/39  Since the dawn of Christianity, saints in Malta were profoundly worshiped. The very first worshiped saints pertain to the cult of the East whereas with the Latinisation process, brought forth by the Normans, amplified the list of saints, including those worshiped across the Mediterranean. The Church in Malta has always fueled the worship of saints as intermediaries between us and God; between man and the Supreme. Saints are celebrated and evoked. Small churches across the Islands were built, niches carved out in facades, relics exposed on altars, confraternities founded … and the list goes on …

Episode 5

All Souls

5/39  “For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return." Genesis 3:19

A very particular day in calendar of the Church commemorating all those who parted this world. Despite of the loss, faith drives us in believing that this temporal world is only a preparation to what is to be in the after world. During Medieval times the church professed the Fear of God and apocalyptic scenarios were depicted. Nowadays the Church focuses more on the festal aspect of the souls’ departure to a place of eternal glory and bounty.


Presented by Hilary Spiteri

Produced & Directed by CPI Media & Marthese Brincat

Camera / Lighting by Paul Jones, Louis Mallia & Baskal Mallia

Written by Hilary Spiteri

Re-Recording Mixing by CPI Media

A CPI Media Production

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