Italian Baroque features mainly Mattia Preti (1613-99) and paintings by the Caravaggists Mattias Stomer (1600-50), Jean Valentin de Boulogne (1601-32) and by Guido Reni (1575-1642). Art of the 18th century is largely represented by Antoine de Favray (1706-98). Other paintings by Maltese artists such as Francesco Zahra (1710-73) and Giuseppe Grech (1755-87) suggest the continued influence of Roman art on local developments.
The display of works from the 19th century reflects the historical changes in the governance of the Maltese Islands to a British colony. Works of this period are predominantly landscapes, executed in a naturalistic yet picturesque style. Maltese exponents are Giorgio Pullicino (1779-1851), Giovanni Schranz (1794-1882), and Girolamo Gianni (1837-95). A more Romantic strain is to be seen in works by Giuseppe Calì (1830-1915). The highlight of this section is a watercolour of the Grand Harbour by J.M.W. Turner, the only Maltese landscape known to be his.
The first decades of the 20th century are represented by a nucleus of paintings from the Italian school and by a sizable number of bronze and plaster sculptures by the Maltese artist Antonio Sciortino (1879-1947). Paintings and sculptures by Maltese artists represent the post-war years, showing the beginnings of abstract art and works in mixed media.
The museum also exhibits a representative range of majolica pharmacy jars with works ranging from the 16th to the 19th century, mainly used by the Hospitaller Order in the Sacra Infermeria, as well as a varied display of silverware.
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