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Gozo’s Il-Ħaġar Museum organising exhibition in honour of the Baroque artist Francesco Zahra
The exhibition can be visited for free.

Emma Galea

Il-Ħaġar Museum is Victoria is offering visitors with another exceptional temporary exhibition, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Francesco Zahra’s death, within the Victoria International Arts Festival programme.  

Born in 1710, Zahra was undoubtedly a leading protagonist of mid-eighteenth-century Late Baroque art in Malta.

Extremely prolific, he executed works characterised by a decorative appeal and theatrical manner that anchored it in the wider stylistic spirit of the Italian settecento.

Gozo’s Il-Ħaġar Museum organising exhibition in honour of the Baroque artist Francesco Zahra

His baroque timbre spread throughout Malta and Gozo, making him perhaps the most fashionable and influential Maltese artist of his period.

Innovatively, this exhibition engages with his smaller religious work, bozzetti, and portrait paintings. 

It displays both well known and recently discovered paintings, and comparatively shows them alongside the work of the other important protagonists of mid-eighteenth century painting in Malta.

Curated by Professor Keith Sciberras, this exceptional event can be visited with no entrance fee from 11 June to 3 September 2023.

In this year marking Il-Ħaġar’s tenth anniversary, the accompanying catalogue is published as Il-Ħaġar GEMS 25. Support is acknowledged from numerous institutions, private and public. This cultural centre is open 9am to 5pm seven days a week.

26th May 2023


Emma Galea
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Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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