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Caravaggio and paintings of realism in Malta


October 11th sees the start of an important exhibition entitled ‘Caravaggio and Paintings of Realism in Malta’ which is being held by The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation in collaboration with the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts. The exhibition, a ‘must see’ for everyone with an appreciation for art and culture, marks the 400th year since the master of chiaroscuro and realism Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio came to our island and will include over 25 key works of early baroque painting in Malta.

The exhibition includes three paintings by Caravaggio, The only signed masterpiece, The Beheading of St. John, St Jerome and The Portrait of a Knight which was loaned by Palazzo Pitti in Florence for the occaision.

The exhibition is taking place with the help of The Italian Ambassador to Malta as well as the University of Malta.

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Caravaggio and paintings of Realism
11th October 2007 - 16th December 2007

Opening times

The opening hours will be:

Monday to Friday:
09.30hrs till 16.30hrs (last admission at 16.00hrs).

09.30hrs till 16.00hrs (Church and Exhibition)
16.00hrs till 18.00hrs (Last admission at 17.30hrs)-(exhibition only)

09.30hrs till 13.00hrs (Exhibition only)
13.00hrs till 16.00 hrs (Last admission at 15.30hrs)-(Church and Exhibition)

Please call the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation Office if you have any queries or need more information, Tel: + (356) 2122 0536.

People visiting the exhibition are kindly requested to refrain from getting any food and drink into the exhibition. No photography is allowed and viewers are kindly requested not to wear stilettos or shoes with pointed heels.


The Symposium will take place on Saturday 13th October 2007 at the Grand Masters Palace, Valletta at 9.30am although people are kindly requested to be seated by 9.15am.

Those who wish to attend are to collect invitations from St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta.  The Chairman of the Symposium will be Dr. Keith Sciberras and the guest speakers will include Dr Philip Farrugia Randon, Professor John Gash and Professor David Stone.

(credits to The St. John's Co-Cathedral Foundation )

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