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New insights on Northern paintings at MUŻA

New insights on Northern paintings at MUŻA

A brand new Heritage Malta masterclass providing new insights on Northern European artworks in the MUŻA collection will be delivered by Krystle Attard Trevisan on the 20th of October, at MUŻA in Valletta.

Entitled Art Up Close: new Insights on Northern European artworks in the MUŻA collection – the 17th century Netherlandish works, the masterclass will be focusing on paintings that are lesser known, lesser studied and perhaps maybe less appreciated. Nonetheless, they are increasingly attracting attention.

The Flemish paintings at MUŻA have received scholarly attention, including works by Matthias Stom, Theodoor van Thulden and the circle of Van Dych. The Netherlandish works, which speak a noticably different artistic language, have so far been largely overlooked.

While the MUŻA collection does not hold Netherlandish works by great masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, it does have works which represent the different styles of painting of the period and which deserve to be understood and known. In recent months, research has been conducted on these Netherlandish paintings, although much more work remains to be done. Both secure authorships and attributions have been assigned to anonymous works, while others have been reinterpreted in their proper context.

Some paintings are by little-known artists whose works are very rare. In a small section of the museum, Dutch and Flemish works have been hung, while others have been placed in different contexts in other galleries.

Following the presentation by Ms Attard Trevisan, attendees will also be treated to an exclusive tour to see these works and discuss them in their historical and artistic context as well as their context within the displays at MUŻA.

The one-hour masterclass will start at 18.30. Admission is free of charge, but reservation is required either at any Heritage Malta museums or site, or by sending an email on info@heritagemalta.org.

All attendees must wear a face mask and respect social distancing measures.

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