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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Grand Master L'Isle Adam's Chalice
6/39 A beautiful 16th Century chalice made in Paris boasting of fine work with a chasing and exquisitely delicate relief decorations of vine shoots and tendrils are of superior quality. The chalice is presumably a stray from the treasure of the conventual church.
Columnar Cross, Howard Gardens, Rabat MALTA
7/39 “Min m'għandux salib għandu domna!” Many crosses are linked to a number of traditions or events which took place annually in parishes, while others still are thought to have been built to commemorate a particularly important figure or historical happening. At times it is also popularly known as is-Salib tad-Dejma. This nomenclature takes us back to Medieval times when the Maltese used to organize some sort of Militia according to towns of origin in order to defend their town and coastal area from any possible attacks from raiders coming by sea.
Christ the King, Antonio Sciortino
8/39 The monument of Christ the King by Antonio Sciortino is a significant landmark recalling a very important event in Malta’s jubilee celebrations marking the beginning of the 20th century, and the Holy Year 1900 dedicated to Christ the Redeemer. It commemorates the Eucharistic Congress of 1913 which was a very important event involving the participation of not less than five cardinals and 39 archbishops from all over the world. Sciortino creates a majestic monument just outside the entrance to the capital city. The rendering of the surface of the bronze figures is impressionistic while the facial features of Christ were treated with finesse to emphasise and attract attention.
Knights Hospitaller, the building of Valletta and the St John's Co Cathedral
9/39 The Hospitaller Knights settled in Malta in 1530 were they continued their actions against the Muslims and especially the Barbary pirates. Although they had only a few ships they quickly drew the ire of the Ottomans, who were unhappy to see the order resettled. In 1565 Suleiman sent an invasion force of about 40,000 men to besiege the 700 knights and 8,000 soldiers and expel them from Malta and gain a new base from which to possibly launch another assault on Europe. The Knights came out victorious of what is known as the Great Siege of Malta. As a result, St John’s Co-Cathedral was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578, having been commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière as the conventual church of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St John.
The Beheading of St John the Baptist, Caravaggio
10/39 Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was ordained as a Knight of St John after a 1 year novitiate of joining the holy chivalric order. As a passaggio, Caravaggio donated his largest canvas and the only one ever signed by the artist representing the Beheading of St John the Baptist, the patron saint of the Order.
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
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